Sewer work closes portion of Blue River Trail

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 City’s Water Pollution Control Facility, announced Friday at the city’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.“We’d like to get the word out,” said Cook.Jeff Walker, the city’s outside operations manager, said structures were placed on the trail in an attempt to keep hikers away from the area.“We’ve done like a triple barrier,” 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 didn’t know how long the Greenway would be closed.