EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A long anticipated extension of Newburgh's popular Rivertown Trail is moving forward.
The town recently awarded a construction contract for the $1.1 million project to Ragle Inc.
Town Manager Christy Powell said a donation from Warrick Trails completed the matching funds needed to move ahead with the construction portion of the project's Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation.
When complete, the new segment will extend the end-to-end distance of Newburgh's Rivertown Trail to nearly four miles, Powell said.
The new segment will be a 10-foot wide paved path starting where the Rivertown Trail currently ends, at the trailhead near Yorkshire Drive. It will meander through Driftwood Park, cross Allen Ditch and then parallel Indiana 662 ending at a proposed Evansville Trails connection at Pollack Avenue.
"This is an exciting addition to an already great trail system," Powell said. "With the generous collaboration of Warrick Trails, we are able to make this safe passage available to not only the residents of downtown Newburgh, but the hundreds of trail users that travel here daily."
Warrick Trails also will donate a new trailhead at the entrance to Mulzer Ball Fields west of Ellerbush Road.
Powell said it was too early to settle on a construction date but she said the extension, already designed by CHA Consulting, Inc., has been anticipated for almost 10 years.
It will be the third major expansion of Rivertown Trail since it opened in 2009.
Warrick Trails also has committed to upgrading other Newburgh trailheads by adding or approving amenities such as bathrooms, water fountains, bike maintenance stations and shade with donations from corporate sponsors.
"Every project we do meets the goals of safety, connectivity, transportation and recreation. We were happy to join forces with Newburgh to make this happen," said Steve Roelle, president of Warrick Trails.
The donor-supported organization has been adding new dedicated trails and bike lanes throughout the Warrick since 2014. It has plans to continue upgrades in Newburgh, Boonville, Lynnville and other areas of the county.