The new section is 2,100 feet long, or about 0.4 miles.
The project was made possible by donations and the K21 Health Foundation. Eighty percent of the project was paid for by private donations and 20 percent paid for by the K21 Foundation. The donations were specified they be used for the Eli Lilly Road project.
The project lasted six weeks and was completed by Pulver Asphalt and Paving, Albion.
Several upgrades were conducted. A rolled sidewalk was added so homeowners can access their property. Also, Kosciusko County required the sidewalk be a rolled curb for easier snow plowing.
The 3-foot wide edge of the road was originally separated by a white stripe. However, the new section is now a 5 and 1/2-foot wide raised curb sidewalk.
The new section connects the original section along Eli Lilly Road to the rest of the trail system.
Beth’s Designs, Syracuse, donated the ribbon used in the ceremony.
For more information, visit www.syracusewawaseetrails.com.