The new Singing SandsTrail heads east into Michigan City, passing a train waiting on the tracks. Staff photo by Joseph Dits
The new Singing SandsTrail heads east into Michigan City, passing a train waiting on the tracks. Staff photo by Joseph Dits
An effort to build a 60-mile paved trail from New Buffalo to Chicago has won a nearly $18 million federal grant to help finish the 26 miles that haven’t already been paved or fully financed. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant for the Marquette Greenway on Tuesday. 

The money will be used in 14 separate construction projects in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, including Gary, Ogden Dunes, Portage, Burns Harbor and Michigan City in Indiana, according to a press release from U.S. Rep. Frank J. Mrvan’s office.  

At about $17.8 million, it’s shy of the $23.1 million originally sought.

“We’ll make it work,” said Mitch Barloga, transportation manager for the agency that applied for the funding, the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

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