EAST PALESTINE Bicycle trail to be finished soon

City crews work on the bike trail on Saturdays and after regular weekday hours.
EAST PALESTINE -- Construction of a bicycle trail in the Padgett Road area should be completed by early December, City Manager Gary Clark said.
Clark told council Monday the trail is about 60 percent completed with about 55 percent of the budget used.
The path will eventually link to a similar walking trail planned through the city park, he said.
The trail is being built on the perimeter of the 40-acre city lake area recently annexed from Unity Township.
Clark said city crews are working after regular weekday hours and on Saturday to finish the trail by December.
The city sold the property to Cricket Construction of Lowellville for $1 million.
Homes to be built
The construction company will build homes on about 50 residential lots there.
The city will extend water and sewer lines and streets in the area.
Clark said the city will accept bids for the waterline and sewer line construction in October and award contracts in November.
He said advertising and awarding contracts for the construction of streets, curbs and a drainage system within the 40 acres will be about a month behind the infrastructure, in November and December, respectively.
Clark also gave council an update on the various projects under way in the city park.
Baseball infield areas are in place and infield grass and outfield areas seeded and fertilized, he said.
Clark said grading is completed and a layer of gravel put into place for new tennis courts.
Council members said they have received many positive comments from the community about the progress of park projects.

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