Marquette Greenway Trail - Next Level Trails Grant
The Porter County Board of Commissioners are submitting a grant application for the DNR’s Next Level Trails Program for the construction of Phases 3 and 4 of the Marquette Greenway Trail. This trail is intended to replace the Calumet Trail from Dune Park Train Station to Lake Shore County Road in Beverly Shores. The 10-foot asphalt trail will be constructed on property owned by the Indiana Dunes National Park and will be upgrading existing footpaths and utilizing former roads through the Park.
The general route from the Dune Park Train Station will be to utilize an existing trail that connects the station to the Dunes Kankakee Trail, running adjacent to SR 49 over NICTD’s rail lines and US12. The trail will then head east into NPS property, improving the Glenwood Dunes Extension Trail to Hadenfeldt Road, then north along Hadenfeldt Road to Furnessville Road, and east along Furnessville Road to the abandoned Teale Drive. At Teale Drive, the trail will head north to US12, then run parallel to US 12 from Teale Drive to the USGS Center at Kemil Road. It is proposed to improve the pedestrian crossing at US12 and construct a crossing at the South Shore Railroad. Thence east along the NIPSCO Right of Way, and the existing Calumet Trail for approximately 700 feet to an existing abandoned roadway. At this roadway, the trail will head north to the former Service Drive right of way, heading east to Broadway in Beverly Shores. From Broadway to Lake Shore County Road, the trail will be constructed on abandoned roadways. Porter County is working with the National Park Service Staff to meet Environmental Compliance requirements for the final alignment of the trail.
This 6.89-mile segment of the greater Marquette Greenway Trail, Phases 3 and 4, along with the scheduled reconstruction of the Calumet Trail from Mineral Springs Road to Dune Park Train Station in 2022-2023 and the Calumet Trail from Lake Shore County Road to Michigan City’s Signing Sands Trail will complete Porter County’s connection of the Marquette Greenway Trail.