New Fifth Street People Trail expansion eyed

The city of Columbus is looking at a new bike and pedestrian improvement that would extend the People Trail along Fifth Street, connecting the east side of Columbus to Mill Race Park.

Heather Pope, redevelopment director for the city, says that the Columbus Redevelopment Commission will be considering an architectural agreement tonight with Indianapolis landscape architects Rundell Ernstberger Associates at a cost of almost $50,000 to design a pathway that would lead people past many of the major architectural landmarks in the city including the Bartholomew County Public Library, Lincoln school, First Christian Church and the Irwin Conference Center. Pope called that the most architecturally significant street in Columbus.

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The new trail section would then connect with the work being done along State Street through the new improvements to the Haw Creek bridge.

The Redevelopment Commission meets at 6 p.m. tonight in Columbus City Hall.