The City of South Bend invites you to learn more about the plans for the Coal Line Trail. Our first Public Engagement Meeting will take place on Thursday, September 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A brief presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m., but residents are encouraged to stop by any time during the event, which will take place at Holy Cross Parish, located at 1050 Wilber Street.
The Coal Line Trail will enhance and allow pedestrian and cyclists to follow the old Notre Dame & Western coal line (now Norfolk Southern) and connect from Western Avenue to the East Bank Trail at Angela Boulevard. The Coal Line Trail project will be developed through three phases and predominately follow the old railroad bed. The different phase limits are:
- Phase I: from Lincolnway West northwesterly to Riverside Drive.
- Phase II: from Riverside Drive across the St. Joseph River to the east to Angela Boulevard and connection to the East Bank Trail.
- Phase III: from Lincolnway West to the south to Cherry Street and connecting to Western Avenue. (Not included in current scope of work)
The trail will generally follow the old railroad bed with one section of new terrain trail. On the east end of Phase II where the railroad veers north, the trail will cross new terrain to connect via Holy Cross College property to Angela Boulevard. The federally funded Coal Line project is slated to begin in 2019 and continue in 2020.