Weather further delays opening of pathway connecting middle school, Royal Run


By Desiree Williams

Poor weather has led to a delay in the completion of the CR 700 E pathway, which was expected to be complete during the summer.

The pathway will make it possible to walk or bike between Zionsville West Middle School and the Royal Run subdivision.

“There are limiting factors when you put asphalt down,” said Lance Lantz, supt. of the Zionsville Street and Stormwater Dept. “You have to have the proper temperatures, and you have to have a dry, stable platform for the pathway to be placed upon the subgrade.”

One day of rain can take four days to dry out, Lantz said. In addition, he said some asphalt plants shut down in December, so the product might not be available if the project experiences additional delays.

“We are looking at making some alterations to our plans as far as application methods that would allow us to pave in a little colder temperatures,” he said. “At this point, though, we are waiting for Mother Nature to give us the proper window.”

Lantz hopes the project will be complete by Thanksgiving.

The project had already been delayed because of lengthy negotiations to secure land for the path. The town wanted to work with the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association and Zionsville Boys & Girls Club to secure the right-of-way to create the pathway, but the organizations didn’t feel it was in their best interest to do so. The town then focused efforts to the west side of the roadway and purchased the entire 2-acre property needed to complete the path.

“We worked what we thought was going to be a successful, low-cost partnership alternative, and that failed,” Lantz said. “Therefore, we had to begin investing in the purchase of right-of-way to facilitate the project.”

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