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Legislation will allow Warren to get land to complete bike trail



Published: Sat, April 16, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Ed Runyan

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

City council has approved legislation that allows Warren to acquire, through eminent domain if necessary, the last parcels of land needed to complete the second phase of the Warren Greenway bike trail through the central part of the city.

Most of the northernmost and southernmost parts of Warren’s trail were completed last year.

When complete, the trail will be 3.9 miles long in Warren, entering the city at North River Road near Glunt Manufacturing, traveling south through North End Park and onto Paige Avenue Northeast, crossing East Market Street near Trumbull Memorial Hospital and exiting the city near Thomas Road.

The second phase uses mostly city streets near Harding High School south to the hospital.

The Warren Greenway will be one of the most urban parts of the 100-mile Great Ohio Lake-To-River Greenway. Much of the trail from Ashtabula to East Liverpool already is complete.

Some of the largest expense involved in Warren’s Phase 2 project is in restoration of a former railroad bridge just south of Woodland Avenue Northeast, creation of a retaining wall along a steep embankment and improvement of a stone culvert, said Paul Makosky, city engineer.

The $1.5 million second phase is expected to be under construction by the end of the summer and is likely to be completed by the end of the year, Makosky said.

The project needs to be under contract by September in order to use the 100-percent federal funding the city was awarded, Makosky said.

The legislation mentions six parcels the city needs to acquire. The city has reached agreement with the owners of 11 other parcels.

Of the six remaining, some could result in litigation, but the legislation allows the city to award the project and begin construction, with the legal issues associated with the land to be worked out later, Makosky said.

“This is what we need to move our project forward,” Makosky said. “It’s a matter of protecting tax dollars. We have willing sellers,” but the city and some of the sellers were not able to agree on a price.


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1lee(544 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

If the bikers want a bike trail let the bikers pay for it

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2RickA(4 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Lee,

Public dollars may be paying for bike trails, but they can also end up generating money for the economies of the municipalities in which they are located. Most people don't live next to a bike trail and have to travel by car to get to a trailhead. They may stop at a local store along the way for drinks or picnic supplies for their trail ride. They may stop at a local restaurant for lunch, dinner, or ice cream after the ride is done. They may have to gas up the car at a local service station for the trip home. They may even notice another attraction nearby, unrelated to bicycling, that they weren't previously aware of and come back to visit it, again offering the opportunity for local shopping or dining. If not for the draw of the bike trail, many of those folks may have no other reason to visit the area and the money would not be spent there. The urban density of the Warren leg of the trail probably makes it even more likely that economic benefits would occur, versus some of the more remote sections of the trail. The trail will also contribute to the health of the members of the community, and that's never a bad thing.

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3northsideperson(365 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

With what I know about the parts of Warren involved, I wouldn't want to be riding a bike through there. Will there be an electrified fence to keep the 2-legged animals at bay?

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