As opportunities have come, the Nickel Plate Trail continues to come together, piece by piece, as it makes its way through downtown Kokomo.
The downtown section, branded as the Industrial Heritage Trail, continues to take shape on North Buckeye Street and is expected to be completed in early August, City Engineer Carey Stranahan said, as city crews work to install brick pavers and a trailhead from Taylor Street to Mulberry Street.
Stranahan said the Heritage Trail’s construction won’t continue in a straight line toward Superior Street, however, because of the pending demolition of the old W.H. Turner building at 114-116 W. Walnut St., leaving the section from Walnut Street to Mulberry Street the final section to be completed.
“We’re going to have to skip that block for right now and skip down to the south end,” he said. “We’ll go from Superior to Sycamore and then complete the other two blocks from the courthouse block and then from Walnut to Mulberry.
“The next thing for us to do would be to rip up from Walnut to Mulberry if we were working our way south, but we don’t want to be in that while there’s somebody hauling a bunch of stuff out of the alley,” he added.
Stranahan said progress is being made on different sections of the trail on the north side of Kokomo, extending up toward the county line.
The city’s street department began installing another mile of trailhead from 550 North to 450 North about two weeks ago and recently poured asphalt on that section.
Crews soon will be pouring asphalt on the section from 450 North to 400 North, which will include a paved parking lot near 400 North.
Kokomo Street Department Director Joe Ewing said stone already has been laid in the parking area.