In late March, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources notified Harrison County officials that all tree removal needed for the new trail connection must be complete by April to avoid disrupting sensitive animal habitat during the summer months. Leaders from the parks and highways departments worked promptly with property owners to get permission to complete the tree work in time to keep the project on track. It was an unexpected early start to the construction phase, and the county isn't planning further site work until summer. Officials expect the new trail section to be complete in fall of 2016, though the new bridge will not be in place until spring of 2017. At that time, Indian Creek Trail will be continuous from the YMCA to Hayswood Nature Reserve. The trail new trail connection is jointly funded by Harrison County and the Harrison County Community Foundation.