City’s 1821 Trail official opening delayed until spring

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The official opening of the city’s 1821 Trail has been pushed back to the spring of 2023 amid ongoing delays with the project.

Redevelopment Director Heather Pope reported the news to the Columbus Redevelopment Commission.

“We had a little trouble with the brick subcontractor, and now we have a new subcontractor,” said Pope. “And they have been doing a phenomenal job of getting things finished up. However, by the time they get that finished and the landscaping in, it’s going to be into December.”

She said in a previous interview that the trail would likely be largely complete in September, due to factors such as supply chain issues, weather and subcontractor delays pushing back against an earlier estimate for August completion. Landscaping was expected to be installed sometime in November, and the city hoped to have a ribbon cutting ceremony once that piece was finished.

However, given the more recent delays, Pope told the commission that the ceremony has been postponed until sometime this spring, as the weather will be “more favorable” then.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.