The workers are making great progress on Middlebury to Shipshewana. These photos are from July 23, 2011. Construction progress, July 23, 2011. What remains to be done is finish the paving of the connection between the trail and the county roads that it crosses, and to pour concrete for the easements across the trail, mainly between CR 1150 W and CR 1100 W. The other missing element is the shoulder. They are using a fine crushed stone for a shoulder instead of planting grass. Grass needs to be mowed and even when it is not mowed, it catches debris, like leaves and twigs, from the trail when workers are trying to sweep the trail clean. I think it looks great.
The other major gap is between the end of the trail east of the DQ and SR 13. At the moment, there is a path through the woods from the DQ parking lot to access the trail. Since workers are working every day at various points, it is not adviseable to ride the trail then. However, on weekends it is possible.
The trail construction is on schedule for completion by Sept. 1, 2011.