Groundbreaking ceremony extends B&O Trail

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BROWNSBURG — A few more phases of the B&O Trail are underway.
A groundbreaking ceremony Monday for phases 3a, 3b and 4 of the trail project joined members of the town, B&O Trail Association, corporate partners and community members.
These phases will extend the trail to County Road 500 E. It also includes a new bridge across White Lick Creek.
“I can’t wait for the bridge,” Meg Storrow of Storrow Kinsella Associates said. “That’s going to be so exciting.”
Storrow is on the design team for the project.
This portion will cost $2,324.213.56 to construct. The contractor is Rieth Riley Construction.
“It’s wonderful that this is a community project,” Diana Virgil, president of the B&O Trail Association, said.
Several officials were there for the ceremony, including Brownsburg Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz, Brownsburg Assistant Town Manager Brian Hartsell, Brownsburg Clerk-Treasurer Ann Hathaway, Brownsburg Parks Director Phil Parnin, Avon Town Manager Tom Klein, Dennis Dawes, vice-president of Brownsburg Town Council, Hendricks County Engineer John Ayers, County Commissioner Phyllis A. Palmer, William A. Rhodehamel, executive director of the Hendricks County Community Foundation and representatives from Hendricks Regional Health, IU Health West and Hendricks Power.
“This is a wonderful day and we are pleased to be part of it,” Rhodehamel said.
The B&O Trail is on a former rail line, previously the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (1927), Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad (1963) and CSX Transportation (1987).
A locomotive bell was also rung as part of the ceremony by Dave Jackson, member-at-large on the board of directors of the Hendricks County Trail Development. According to the B&O website, in September 2016, the trail will become known as the Bulldog & Oriole Trail.
“We are going to have a lot of fun with it,” he said. “We have a lot of great ideas and between now and the fall we are really going to introduce it [the bell.]”
In recent years, the town has played a larger role. In 2015, ownership of the trail between Green Street and County Road 300 N. was turned over to the town.
“I believe our efforts are going to be awarded, not only in improved quality of life for residents, it’s just going to be a great place to live in Brownsburg,” Kleinhenz said. “People will want to move here, move their businesses here, live here, play here.”

By Sara Nahrwold sara.nahrwold@flyergroup.com

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