Ready for action!

11.12.12 – 1:30 p.m.

After months of work, the Winona Trail Bike and Pedestrian Underpass at Goshen College is now completed and ready for use. A ribbon cutting ceremony with tours  was held Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. It included comments by Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman and Goshen College President Jim Brenneman. City Engineer Mary Cripe and Campus Project Coordinator Glenn Gilbert helped cut the ribbon.


Though the project began in April 2012 with the rerouting of utilities and preparing the approaches from both directions, the City of Goshen and Goshen College prepared for this day for more than five years since the project was first approved and funded. On July 4, 2012, the passageway under the railroad was completed in a 24-hour period while the trains were not operational. Since then, stairways have been constructed, wheel chair lifts installed, the bike path rerouted and the site restored.

Almost done! Ribbon-cutting coming soon.

10.24.12 – 9:50 a.m.

The railroad underpass is almost complete! All the concrete work is complete, most of the hardware is installed and seeding and sodding of the area landscape will be finished in a few weeks.

We had scheduled a ribbon cutting for tomorrow (Oct. 25), but need to postpone it due to needing to complete the installation of the handrails (incorrect ones were sent first and we are now waiting on the correct ones to arrive). Stay tuned for the announcement of a new time.

In the meantime, landscaping and seeding of the surrounding area will continue. Please continue to respect the fences and other barriers until they are removed.

New photos!

10.2.12 – 5:08 p.m.

Thanks to Glenn Gilbert for the quick tour of the current status of the underpass construction this afternoon!

Underpass update


The railroad underpass project is progressing well. Soon the bicycle path on the east side will be replaced and a new path will be created behind the library connecting the two east/west sidewalks. The contractors have expressed great appreciation for the way people have respected their work by staying outside of the construction area.

Now it is very important that we continue to honor the fences and barricades and stay out of the construction zone, both for safety and liability and to insure that we don’t damage the work in progress.

The best view is still at

The final completion date is scheduled for mid-November 2012.

Time lapse video now available!

This timelapse shows all the preparation work that happened between April and July 3, 2012, and then the 24-hour period on July 4, 2012, when the the passageway under the railroad was completed while trains were not operational (and the tracks were cut and removed).

After July 4, a great deal of work remained. The construction of the stairways, installation of the wheel chair lifts, rerouting of the bicycle path and restoration of the site will need to follow. The project is scheduled for completion by November 2012.

Produced by Goshen College students through FiveCore Media.

Next steps and virtual tour

7.5.12 – 4:15 p.m. EST

A great deal of work remains. The construction of the stairways, installation of the wheel chair lifts, rerouting of the bicycle path and restoration of the site still need to happen (they don’t require the tracks to be removed though, so they didn’t need to happen on July 4). The project is scheduled for completion by November 2012.

You can continue to watch that work over the coming months on the LIVE video stream.

And do you wonder what the final project will look like? Take a virtual tour of the plan (kudos to Utilities Manager and Sustainability Coordinator Glenn Gilbert for making this model in Google Sketchup):

How many people were watching the project video?

7.5.12 – 8:56 a.m. EST

Here’s a graph showing the number of video streams being viewed over the last 36+ hours. At the peak (about 9:30 p.m. Wed. night), there were 423! The average was 175.


Thank you all for joining us virtually for this historic event!

Media coverage roundup

7.5.12 – 8:14 a.m. EST

Good morning! The local media was interested in this project and here is roundup of their coverage:

Goshen News: “GC’s tunnel vision”

Elkhart Truth: “Underpass construction at Goshen College attracting onlookers”

WNDU-16 (NBC): “Construction crews work under 24 hour deadline to install tunnel at Goshen College” (VIDEO)

ABC-57: “Goshen College underpass draws hundreds” (VIDEO)

WSBT-22 (CBS): “Crews work on holiday to build new underpass at Goshen College”

FOX-28: “Railroad underpass tunnel being built at Goshen College on 4th”