Fort Wayne and New Haven officials on Tuesday opened the 1-mile, first phase of the Six Mile Creek Trail on the southeast side of Fort Wayne, pushing the trails network in the city and Allen County to 98.7 miles. The trail is located near South Anthony Boulevard and U.S. 27.
The Indiana Department of Transportation and Northeast Indiana Regional Coordinating Council (NIRCC) paid for most of the $1.6 million project through Federal Highway Administration funding, a city of Fort Wayne news release said. The city contributed $270,000 and Fort Wayne Trails donated $100,000.
When all done, the Six Mile Creek Trail will complete a 26-mile loop linking Fort Wayne to New Haven and the Rivergreenway, the news release said. Future construction will extend the trail east along Tillman Road to Trier Ditch, which was historically known as the Six Mile Creek. The trail then will meander along Trier Ditch to Moser Park in New Haven, where it will connect to the east end local Rivergreenway trails network.
"The Six Mile Creek Trail offers great connection with more than 22,000 residents living within a 1/2-mile radius of the trail," Dawn Ritchie, Fort Wayne Greenways and Trails manager, said in the news release. "It brings easy access to more than 80 businesses and organizations, and it connects to the Rivergreenway, offering further connection to destinations throughout the city and county."