SOUTH BEND -- Narrow sidewalks that closely straddle Indiana 933 near the University of Notre Dame can be uncomfortable to use, and they’re sometimes covered by snowbanks.

But to solve that problem, a multiuse recreational path has been planned that would be safer for pedestrians and bikers.

A group called the 933 Corridor Improvement Association applied Thursday for a $1.6 million state grant to build a 12-foot-wide path that would be several feet from the road’s west side.

The asphalt path would connect to the East Bank Trail terminus at Angela Boulevard and run north along Indiana 933 for 1 mile to connect with the LaSalle Trail at Douglas Road.

The group will find out this spring if it is awarded money from the Next Level Trails Grant Program, which is run by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. If the grant is awarded, it would take roughly a year to design and build the path.

The path is part of a $16 million “corridor improvement project” planned by the association, whose members include South Bend-based commercial real estate development firm Holladay Properties, University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross College and religious congregations of the Holy Cross priests, sisters and brothers.

The project calls for reconstructing the 1-mile stretch of Indiana 933 between Angela and Douglas so that it is safer. A landscaped median would replace the center turn lane.

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