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Indian Creek trail progresses in Corydon

The Indian Creek Trail in Corydon may be closer to receiving a much-anticipated addition. The preliminary field plans for the placement of the Rothrock Mill Bridge were submitted to the Indiana Dept. of Transportation on Sept. 26, following the approval of the finding of adverse effect by the Federal Highway Association, said Brent Roberts of Butler Fairman and Seufert Civil Engineers at the Oct. 8 county commissioners’ meeting.
The adverse effect study concluded the bridge would have to be scrapped if it was not removed from its current site, which helped speed up the process, said Harrison County Engineer Kevin Russel.
The bridge, which was removed from Rothrock Mill Road in 2005, will be placed across Indian Creek upstream from Hayswood Nature Reserve to take the trail near Lincoln Hills Road.
Bid documents for moving the bridge are being developed, said Roberts.
The bridge will be disassembled and temporarily placed on the property of the Harrison County Solid Waste District until bids are awarded to move the bridge to the trail site.
The bridge has been stored on a resident’s property since the work began on Rothrock Mill Road.
Russel said the bridge should be removed from the property to the solid waste district site before the end of the year.
‘It’s been three years now,’ said Commissioner James Goldman. ‘The landowner has been patient but his patience is running out.’
In related news, the Harrison County Community Foundation awarded the Indian Creek Trail Committee $85,585 to build a 1,501-foot-long concrete trail from the YMCA of Harrison County headquarters through the soccer fields to Old North Bridge Road, which leads to the ‘Doolittle section’ of the trail now being finished along Big Indian Creek.
Committee president Carl Snyder said the committee hopes to get the 10-foot-wide section poured this fall. It will start just south of the YMCA building parking lot and go south between the gravel parking lot and go west along a ridgeline toward Michele Reichel’s insurance building, then head southwest through trees to Old North Bridge Road.
Original plans called for the YMCA trail to have a branch to a refreshment and bathroom pavilion the YMCA hopes to build in the soccer field area.
The committee also expects to finish the .6-mile Doolittle section along Big Indian Creek later this month.
The last 140-foot section under the north bridge and S.R. 337 is waiting on people wanting to buy $100 inscribed memorial bricks that will be placed in the concrete. The committee is also selling inscribed boulders for $700.
For more information about purchasing a memorial brick or inscribed boulder, call Snyder at 347-2110 or Laura Roberson at 972-0021.
The nonprofit ICTC was organized in 1998 to establish a 20,000-foot network of trails for walkers, runners and cyclists alongside the two creeks in and around Corydon. The committee now works in conjunction with the Harrison County Parks Dept. and the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau.