A long-awaited extension of the Fall Creek Trail is set for construction later this year. This 1.4 mile segment will connect the current southern terminus at the Monon Trail to the orphaned spur of trail between Meridian St. and Central Ave.
While comprehensive planning for the Fall Creek Trail route from the White River in downtown to Skiles Test Nature Park in the northeast was completed in 1999, this segment has languished without funding as other easier-to-construct segments were built first. At long last, in July 2011, Indianapolis received a $1M Federal Transportation Enhancement grant for construction of this segment. In November 2011, it was amended into the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization 2012-2015 Regional Transportation Improvement Program, with a $250k local funding match. As of January 2012, it is officially in the City of Indianapolis RebuildIndy Planned Projects list with an anticipated construction start date of 10/1/12.
NOTE: Route approximate. View Fall Creek Trail Extension 2012 in a larger map
When this segment is completed, the only segment of the original plan left to construct is from Meridian St. southwest to Indiana Ave. This zone offers the possibility of connectivity with both the Central Canal Towpath and the White River Trail, but it also presents many design challenges, most prominently how to navigate the zone around the canal aqueduct over the Fall Creek. The aqueduct is owned by Citizens Water and represents both a source of drinking water and a potential security risk. Time will tell what form this segment takes but hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later and we can enjoy this essential cog in the city’s trails plan.