The segment will connect the historic Irvington community with the far-Eastside commercial district, to the east, roughly along Washington Street. Some of the key destinations served by the trail will be the Irvington Community School and the Ransburg YMCA.
"This trail is critical in connectivity of the Eastside for pedestrians and bicyclists," said Stuart Lowry, director of Indy Parks, which is building the Marion County portion of the trail.
The $900,000 section comes from a $19 million pot of money under the state's rail-to-trail initiative. Years earlier, the Indiana Department of Transportation preserved a rail bridge overpass at Shadeland Avenue that will be incorporated into the trail.
Indy Parks plans to open the section next fall. Meanwhile, officials in Hancock County are working on various segments that advocates hope will connect as part of a broader, 150-mile National Road Heritage Trail between Richmond and Terre Haute.