A sign stops users of Blue River Trail from getting too close to a sewer project.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City officials have closed a portion of the Blue River Trail temporarily while construction on a new sewer project continues.
Mike Cook, Superintendent of Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility, announced Friday at the cityâ€™s meeting of the Board of Works and Safety that the trail between South Whitley and Main streets is closed while construction crews install one of two new lift stations.
â€śWeâ€™d like to get the word out,â€ť said Cook.
Jeff Walker, the cityâ€™s outside operations manager, said structures were placed on the trail in an attempt to keep hikers away from the area.
â€śWeâ€™ve done like a triple barrier,â€ť said Walker.
The city is installing two new lift stations that will replace structures more than a half-century old.
Cook said earlier this year that the old stations, located on Main and Jefferson streets, were installed in 1959.
The new lift stations were manufactured by Lenexa, Kansas-based Smith & Loveless, Inc., the same company that made the old structures, according to Cook.
Cook said Friday he didnâ€™t know how long the Greenway would be closed.