Construction underway on the LaSalle Trail
It is halfway through Bike to Work Week but soon biking to work could happen every week. It is part of Michiana's push to become a more bike friendly community.
The Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail has been a plan in the works for many years. Once the entire trail is completed, it will connect Indiana and Michigan by a 34 mile stretch of trail.
Currently, work is being done on the LaSalle Trail portion of the River Valley Trail. That stretch will be 3.5 miles once it is completed. It will go from Cleveland Road in South Bend to the Michigan state line.
“It’d be great to be able to ride your bike from Mishawaka, stop in South Bend, and go on to Niles Township and then the city of Niles and beyond,” said Steve Slauson who is the Deputy Director for the St. Joseph County Parks Department.
This is will give bikers or those who want to walk or run a chance to have a safe place to do that.
“It’s going to connect within the city of Mishawaka to the city of Niles and they say all combined with the trail and all the connecting trails that it’s going to be over 30 miles of basically off road trails,” Slauson added.
Phase I of the LaSalle Trail is expected to be completed some time in June. The entire LaSalle Trail is expected to be completed in 2018.