Archive | August, 2015

Progress on the Next Phase of Karst Farm Greenway

27 Aug
Stone down on the Karst Farm Greenway 2A

Stone down on the Karst Farm Greenway Phase 2A

After a rough (and very wet) construction season that didn’t see much progress, things are finally moving again with the next phase of the Karst Farm Greenway. So-called Phase 2A consists of around a mile of new trail, starting where Phase 1 of the greenway ends at Vernal Pike at the south, running along Loesch Road, up to the railroad to the north. The red segment on the map below shows Phase 2A. I’ve written about this section before here: Next Phase of Karst Farm Greenway Begins.

Karst Farm Greenway

Karst Farm Greenway

Contractors started putting stone down yesterday, and if all goes well, paving will begin by this weekend, with an estimated completion date of the entire phase 2A by October 15th.

Phase 2B, the segment that stretches from the north end of Phase 2A all the way to Ellettsville at Hartstrait Road, is not yet funded, and so does not yet have an estimated start date.

Parking area at the north end of Phase 2A

Parking area at the north end of Phase 2A

New culverts

New culverts

Update: Rockport Road Bridge Now Open; Fullerton Pike Closed

23 Aug

Very brief update here. Last week I wrote about the near completion of the Rockport Road bridge over I-69, along with the realignment of That Road. Now the bridge and new That Road are both open! And Fullerton Pike eastbound from SR37/I-69 is now closed.

Rockport Road bridge over I-69, westbound

Rockport Road bridge over I-69, westbound

Rockport Road Bridge over I-69 Nearly Complete

16 Aug

Another quick update on I-69 construction — it appears that the Rockport Road overpass over SR 37/future I-69 is ready to open any day now, as is the new alignment of That Road connecting to Rockport Road.

The following map shows the overpass, as well as the new That Road alignment. That Road on the east side of I-69 will no longer connect to That Road on the west side. Instead, That Road on the east side will turn north (as shown by the red line below) and connect with Rockport Road. The red lines are a bit squiggly because I created them using RunKeeper, and unfortunately I can’t always walk in a perfectly straight line!

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Here are a few pictures of the new road:

Rockport Road, Facing Northeast

Rockport Road, facing northeast to the edge of the new construction

Rockport Road bridge over I-69

Newly paved and striped Rockport Road bridge going over I-69. The road includes on-street bike lanes in each direction, which you can see to the right.

Western Terminus of Rockport Road Overpass Over I-69

This is the western terminus of the overpass. There is still a bit of work to be done on the transition.

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New alignment of That Road, which will no longer cross I-69. This is a new-terrain road that connects That Road on the east side of I-69 to Rockport Road.

Since That Road on the east side of I-69 will no longer connect with or align with That Road on the west side of I-69, there has been some suggestion that That Road on the west side should be renamed. Might I suggest “This Road”?