New trails planned for Carmel’s eastside

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An expansion of the Monon Trail through Carmel’s Midtown area is set to begin this summer, but that’s not the only planned trail expansion.

Carmel’s eastside will see several new trails and multi-use paths constructed in the next year, including along Gray Road, Carey Road, Main Street and 126th Street.

“Although Carmel already possesses an impressive number of miles of paths, we continue to invest in this infrastructure to improve residents’ quality of life through improved pedestrian safety,” said city councilor Sue Finkam, who represents the area.

Projects include:

  • Gray Road Path: This asphalt path will run from 116th to 136th street and will be 8 to 10 feet wide, depending on the land available. Construction is scheduled for this summer or fall. The path could eventually extend to 146th Street.
  • Carey Road Path: This asphalt path will connect Hawthorne and Edinburgh drives and will be 8 feet wide. Construction is scheduled for fall 2017 or spring 2018.
  • Main Street: This path will fill a gap on Main Street between Harrowgate Drive and Cool Creek Court. Construction is scheduled for fall 2017 or spring 2018.
  • 126th Street: This path is still in the design phase. It will run on the north side of 126th Street from Keystone Parkway to Hazel Dell Parkway. The path will replace existing sidewalk with a 10-foot-wide asphalt multi-use path. There also will be a bridge over Cool Creek just east of Mohawk Trails Elementary and full path connection from the Monon to the White River.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said it’s important to build path connectivity across the city.

“We want to fill in any major gaps or holes in trail connectivity to continue to make this is a great city for cyclists, pedestrians and others,” he said.

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