SOUTH BEND — A recently awarded state grant will make it possible for a 1-mile trail to be built next year along Indiana 933, linking the East Bank and LaSalle trails.

The new trail will also close a gap in the trails that run between Niles and Mishawaka. Currently, trail users can also thread their way west of the St. Joseph River via the Riverside Trail and a trail along Darden Road.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced last week that the new path was among 17 trail projects across the state that are receiving $24.9 million in all from his Next Level Trails program.

A total of 82 trail projects had applied. It’s the first of three rounds of Next Level funding totaling $90 million, using revenue from a hike in Indiana Toll Road fees for heavy commercial trucks.

The privately built South Bend project was awarded $869,933, just enough to get it paved.

The 12-foot-wide trail, between Angela Boulevard and Douglas Road, will be further back from the west side of the state highway than the current sidewalk that often gets splattered with gravel and heaped with snow. That will make safer passage for trail users, said Paul Phair, vice president of development for real estate firm Holladay Properties.

Holladay is among the local members of the group that will build it. Called the 933 Corridor Improvement Association, it also includes the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross College and the religious congregations of the Holy Cross priests, sisters and brothers — all of whom will be connected by the trail.

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