Bicentennial trail groundbreaking set for next Tuesday

With just a few days left in the bicentennial year, Columbus will break ground on the 1821 Trail extension next week.

According to Redevelopment Director Heather Pope, officials hope to make a contractor recommendation to the Board of Works on Tuesday, and, if all goes as planned, hold the groundbreaking ceremony on the same day at 10:30 a.m. behind Columbus City Hall.

The 1821 Trail extension will run from Water Street to Lafayette Avenue, connecting to the Haw Creek Trail. According to city officials, it will be constructed along First Street behind the Bartholomew County Jail, Columbus City Hall and the former Republic building. The project will also include architectural, historical and artistic elements.

The city and commission have called the trail the “seminal project” of the bicentennial year.