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September 4, 2013

Work continues to complete Farm Heritage Trail

Despite losing nearly $900,000 in funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation, work is continuing to complete the Farm Heritage Trail.

INDOT pulled funding for any project more than two years old that had not been bid out, but municipalities and the Friends of Boone County Trails have been working to recoup that money so the trail could be completed. If completed, the trail would run more than 25 miles through Boone County and connect Indianapolis and Lafayette using an abandoned railroad right-of-way.

Richard Stroup, president of the Friends of Boone County Trails, said it was a big blow to not receive the money from INDOT.

"We would love to have had that money," he said. "That was the funding that started the whole project. Unfortunately, we weren't able to use it in the capacity we wanted to use it."

Stroup said the group was able to use $50,000 from the funding to conduct environmental studies.

"So we did get to use a little bit, which will help in future projects," he said. "(Environmental studies) usually take a year to accomplish. So anything we want to do, we already have that work done. That takes a lot of time out of the project for when we are ready to complete more of the trail."

Although the funding was pulled, several municipalities have taken it upon themselves to pursue other grants.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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