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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />March 4, 2009 <br />9:30 a.m. <br /> <br />Work begins on Riverside Trail for 2009 completion <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876- <br /> <br />1564, or Carl Littrell, City Engineer, 235-9251 <br /> <br />Crews are mobilizing this week to complete the final phase of construction for the City of <br />South Bend’s popular Riverside Trail, which will extend the trail north from Oakwood <br />Boulevard to the Old Darden Road pedestrian bridge. <br /> <br />The Indiana Department of Transportation awarded the construction contract for the final <br />phase to Selge Construction Co. Inc. The Niles, Mich., company was the low bidder on <br />the project with a bid of $1,657,988.56 – about $200,000 less than estimated costs by <br />engineers for INDOT’s LaPorte District. <br /> <br />“I am looking forward to building the trail this spring and summer,” said City Engineer <br />Carl Littrell. “Walking the completed project will be a joy.” <br /> <br />The new 1.63-mile segment will bring the total length of the trail to 3.2 miles from its <br />starting point at the corner of Angela Boulevard and Riverside Drive. <br /> <br />“The first phase of Riverside Trail has been a huge success. It is treasured by walkers and <br />bike riders, and it presents beautiful vistas of the St. Joseph River to families with <br />strollers and individuals in wheelchairs,” said Mayor Stephen J. Luecke. “Neighbors who <br />initially had doubts about this trail are among its biggest supporters. Phase 2 will <br />encourage even more residents to enjoy the natural beauty of South Bend.” <br /> <br />Phase 1 of the Riverside Trail officially opened July 17, 2007, with final landscaping <br />work completed last fall. The first phase of the Riverside Trail cost $1.79 million to build <br />a 9,225-foot long and 10-foot wide path. <br /> <br />Through the Michiana Area Council of Governments, the project will receive $1.52 <br />million in federal funds by means of a grant from the U.S. Department of <br /> <br />