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COLUMBIA CITY â€” After meeting with the engineer and the trail general contractor for the Blue River Trailâ€™s extension project last week, Columbia City Community Development Director Jeff Walker said slight modifications have been made to the exact routing and elevations of the trail.
â€śYou would never know because itâ€™s just a matter of inches,â€ť said Walker. â€śIt does allow us better drainage of the field, and also to save some additional trees.â€ť
Walker said Niblock Excavating Inc. will begin cutting in the trail at some point this week, and Hamilton Hunter has ordered the bridge material.
As soon as that material is in, construction will begin on the bridge.
According to Walker, both Niblock and Hamilton Hunter are trying to finish the project by this year.
â€śThe bridge should take less time than the trail,â€ť said Walker.
â€śIf the trail doesnâ€™t get finished this year then the bridge wonâ€™t be open either because it wonâ€™t be safe.â€ť
In the event that the project is not completed by this year, the companies plan to finish the remainder next spring.