City officials present plan to change Clear Lake Boulevard into one-way street with added recreational trail

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The LaPorte Traffic Commission has recommended a plan to change Clear Lake Boulevard, from Detroit Street to McClung Road, into a one-way street and add a multi-use trail for bicyclists, runners, fishermen and walkers.

The artist’s rendering above, provided by the LaPorte Redevelopment Commission’s consultant, RQAW, shows the boulevard plan (looking north from the Detroit Street end). The Detroit Street end of Clear Lake Boulevard now connects with the new roads in the NewPorte Landing development.   

According to the LaPorte Park and Recreation Department: “This project was designed to both improve pavement quality and recreational access to and around Clear Lake. The landscaped buffer provides a measure of safety for pedestrians, cyclists and fishermen, as well as providing stormwater runoff filtration adjacent to Clear Lake. The reconstruction plan calls for the addition of off-road parking along the stretch, including 20 spots on the southwest corner of the lake which will ultimately serve a planned accessible fishing pier, and three spots between Furnace Street and West Street.”

The LaPorte City Council is scheduled to consider the proposal at its Oct. 2 meeting.

18 Responses to “City officials present plan to change Clear Lake Boulevard into one-way street with added recreational trail”

  1. John

    Sep 28. 2017

    What a lovely idea! Fixing the pavement along this stretch of road is way past due. Something should also be done about the concrete barriers blocking one end of Hoelocker Drive. People have found a way to simply drive around them.

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  2. billiewomack

    Sep 28. 2017

    So your changing the way people can get to the stores at the Plaza from the north side of the tracks, we’d have to go thru the Park or go over the tracks and back over the tracks to go in the back way to the Plaza, or go Washington Street ,then go over the track to get into the Plaza .

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  3. Ralph Vogel

    Sep 28. 2017

    This sounds good to me. I really like the car in the picture; it looks like a 58 De Soto – nice!

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  4. ILUVLP

    Sep 28. 2017

    Looking good! Glad to see that Clear Lake is finally getting some attention. It’s making a comeback. It was looking rough over the last two or three decades.
    I have great memories of fishing with my dad at Clear Lake in the 60’s and 70’s.
    Keep the good ideas coming.

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  5. sue

    Sep 28. 2017

    i hope it is also in the plan to keep the detroit st rr crossing smooth to make it an enjoyable trip to get to new port landing

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  6. Tired of wasted spending

    Sep 28. 2017

    Here we go again. Paving bike trails instead of streets.You need to put a wheel tax on the bikes to pay for these trails. Since this street floods it will be money well spent.Another thing don’t put any stop signs. Since the bicyclist won’t stop anyway. You should have to have a license and insurance to ride a bike on the road or trail.

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  7. Chad Mccleery

    Sep 28. 2017

    A license and insurance to ride a bicycle? What about skateboards and rollerskates?Promoting healthy recreation is a win win in the big picture the weight problems in America are out of hand.

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  8. lawman

    Sep 28. 2017

    a fine idea but lets fix current issues first. how about the entrance to kesling walking track-you need a Sherman tank to get in and out. I saw today they threw some more stone in the holes. GONE IN A WEEK. how about a concrete slab-would last a long time. if they have the funds for a new bike trail they should have it for a 20×30 ft slab of concrete. new is great if you maintain old.

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    • Pothole Padre

      Sep 29. 2017

      I agree with the repairs needed at the Kessling Walking Track. area. I’m sure the park district has heard enough complaints…and if more people call they will get tired of answering the phone. Next phase is the commissioners and aldermen. Keep calling until results…even if it means every day. It’s a peaceful way to encourage these officials to respond.

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  9. polock

    Sep 28. 2017

    Her ewe go again, just like social security,take it from the people who pay for it and give it to those who don’t. Just to jog your memory, Laporte just past a wheel tax to pave our streets, Indiana raised our gas tax 10 cents a gallon to fix roads. We buy licences plates, pay tax on tires for our rioads. Bicycles pay none of this. Licence plates for bikes? what a great idea, other cities do this. Chad, as for skateboarders, they have a park that they work to maintain. This is a bike lane, not a d
    skate board lane. Our fat bureaucrats need to stop wasting our money

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  10. lawman

    Sep 28. 2017

    polock-how many kids do you see on bikes anymore. I would say 95% of the bike riders are adults paying all the taxes you mentioned. I do agree there should be enough money to do better than they are.

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  11. Concerned for safety

    Sep 29. 2017

    This is all fine and good but I don’t think it should be at the top of the list. There’s nothing even in New Porte Landing at the moment (which would be a much more appropriate location for the new auto parts store). Anyhow, I see all these sidewalks being replaced which is great but Andrew Ave. South of eighteenth Street doesn’t have one at all. People in wheelchairs, people pushing strollers, people walking their dogs have to walk in the street while cars speed past them. Just seems more important than bike lanes around the lake.

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  12. Cati Ault

    Sep 29. 2017

    It was fine the way it used to be. Don’t “fix” it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. alk

    Sep 29. 2017

    Are you kidding me? Where does it end? I think this would be a better idea around Stone Lake, across from the beach. Why not? Why cut off access to drive completely around Clear Lake in the first place, now this. I think this a bad idea. What next, stadium lights too? Why not?

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  14. Kevin couch

    Sep 30. 2017

    I live on McClung Road right by the intersection of Clear Lake Boulevard and mcclung and Truesdale, we ride our bikes around the lake all the time I think it would be a wonderful idea there isn’t that much traffic on Clear Lake Boulevard anyway. So you have my vote

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  15. Sheryl

    Sep 30. 2017

    I like the idea. Could we have both a road and a separate bike? I would hate to give up my drive around the lake. Then I can ride my bike 9 months out of the year and my car 3 months out of the year.

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  16. Rob

    Oct 03. 2017

    I like the idea of fixing up around Clear lake. The road desperately needs repaved, However the current plan is terrible. This one way road cuts off the benefit of the extension of Clear Lake Blvd to access Newport Landing and forces more traffic to get routed through Fox park to get access to the businesses north of Newport Landing on Pine Lake Ave. What about when Fox Park is crowded or closed off for one of its many summer events. This will make it a more high traffic area. They should be trying to figure out how to route non park traffic away from the park. In addition it will also force people to have to cross the tracks twice to get to Newport if they go the other way past the sheriffs dept. Having to deal with the trains that come through every 15 min.

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  17. Cindy

    Oct 04. 2017

    I think it is a BAD ideal especially for the ones that live on and around Clear Lake. A lot of us use it to go to and from places.. YOU HAVEN’T PAVED IT AROUND for about 50 YEARS. Patch upon patch that is all you ever do to Clear Lake Boulevard . A lot people around here will use it cause we don’t have fight the traffic from Park Street and McClung RD. I don’t remember when Clear Lake Boulevard was put in but it should have been put a one way then done when first paved. Putting a bicycle path in will not stop them from riding in the middle of road, picking up people trash behind themselves or people throwing the trash cans into the lake. All the paving has been done on the westend of town. How about paving on the East of town for once use the money somewhere else. It will be another about 50 years before pave it. It will flood again, we are due for another flooding season.

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