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Bloomington proposing trail expansion

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Over a half-mile long section of Old State Road 37 would be converted into a pedestrian/bike trail if the city of Bloomington receives approval for a new project. The city is asking to expand its walking and biking trail system to alter the road as part of a pilot conversion, but the proposal must be first approved by the Board of Public Works during its Tuesday, March 3 meeting. 

The specific section of Old State Road 37 North lies just north of the entrance to Rogers Group quarry and would connect Miller-Showers Park to several other trails on the city’s north side. The pilot conversion would be in effect during a trial period from March 13 to September 30, pending approval. The expansion would be funded by city bicentennial bonds issued in 2018. 

“Piloting this Lower Cascades road conversion is part of a larger vision of expanding Bloomington’s trail system and responsibly stewarding our green space, ” said Mayor John Hamilton. “We are optimistic about the positive things that can happen when we can slow down and experience the park.”