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Work on final phase of bike trail under way

Published: Tue, January 22, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

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Final phase of Warren bike trail shaping up

Work on the $1.73 million second phase of the Warren bike trail in the central part of the city is under way and likely to be complete in late spring.

By Ed Runyan



Work on the $1.73 million second phase of the Warren bike trail in the central part of the city is under way and likely to be complete in late spring. It traverses about three-quarters of a mile.

The project runs from South Street Southeast to Elm Road Northeast, crossing East Market Street near ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, traveling across a railroad bridge that is being rebuilt at a cost of $467,000 and emerging onto city streets near Warren G. Harding High School.

Federal funds are paying for it.

It completes the 3.9-mile Warren section of the trail, which is part of the 100-mile Great Ohio Lake-To-River Greenway.

Much of the trail, which eventually will carry riders and walkers from Ashtabula to East Liverpool, is complete.

As with the part of the Niles trail completed last year, this phase travels through residential and commercial areas of Warren, and one of its most notable features is the restoration of a railroad bridge.

The bridge is just south of the high school and needs a new deck, was raised about two feet, will be sanded and restored, and will have a retaining wall and landscaping features added to the steep banks of the trail.

Improvements also are being made to a nearby culvert that runs under the trail.

Lots of dirt is being moved to create a new right turn at the end of the bridge so the trail can cross Woodland Avenue Northeast and pass through the rear of the A&B Unfinished Furniture store on Elm Road, and emerge onto Elm Road beside A&B.

From there it will continue on completed sections of the trail on Paige Avenue Northeast toward the former Delphi Packard Electric facilities.

Some of the properties the city needed to acquire to run the project through the neighborhood near Harding are still in ligitation, but the construction can proceed anyway, said Paul Makosky, Warren city engineer.

The path will cross East Market Street just east of Charles Avenue at the “high point” of East Market Street, Makosky said.

Using the high point should help with visibility, helping motorists see bicyclists and pedestrians as they cross the four lanes of traffic at Market Street.

The intersection carries 16,200 vehicles per day, making it one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city, according to a traffic count.

Signage for motorists and bike/pedestrian traffic will be installed on Market Street and the bike trail, and pavement markings will be placed on the East Market Street pavement, according to engineering drawings.

The trail pavement is likely to be among the last parts of the project, because the plants that produce the asphalt don’t reopen until May, Makosky said.

Vanessa White, whose house is close to the Charles Street portion of the trail, said last week she is excited to see something coming to her neighborhood that will give her kids, and the many other neighborhood children, nice recreational opportunities.

From Market Street, the trail will travel beside Charles Avenue one block, then follow the railroad bed to the new bridge and provide convenient access to Harding.

“It’s cool that our kids won’t have to ride around on the streets,” she said. “It’s good for them to get out and do physical activity.”

White, who said she grew up in the city, noted that the Charles Avenue area is among those that have abandoned homes.

“It’s kind of a destitute city. It’s nice to see them taking down houses, especially on this side of town. They’re doing something positive.”

A letter writer to a local newspaper recently thanked the city for the improvements to Northend Park made when the city built the first phase of the bike trail.

The park, just west of North Park Avenue, has parking spaces, a pavilion, restrooms, drinking fountain and lots of green spaces.

“It’s really a treasure to behold,” Michael Adkins wrote. “My wife and I have been living one street over from the park; we can see it from our back yard. For 27 years, we’ve lived in the same area where our children grew up. Our kids played at the old Northend Park, and now our grandsons can enjoy the new Northend Park. It is truly amazing.”


1lee(544 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

$1.73 million??? Is this a good use of our tax dollars??? No wonder were broke

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2cambridge(4135 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The San Francisco Bay trail that circles the Bay is 400 miles long and I'm one of the thousands who walk, run and bike it every day. It would be fun to use the Warren trail when I visit the valley.

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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

One point to consider...trail police patrols. I have a friend who owns a home along the trail and he said he often finds trespassers on his property, on his front porch and even people in vehicles pulling into his driveway to pick others up. He had to put up a fence and a "No Trespassing" sign but strangers still come around.

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4semick(15 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

There are trail police patrols. Maybe the park should be addressed about your friends problems. For instance, is his house between the bike trail and the road? Maybe an adjacent access trail should be created so ingress and egress can be accomplished without using his property. The trail police aren't going to be able to solve this kind of problem on their own, nor will they. They are present to prevent violent crimes, littering, help lost children etc.
Also, given a fence around a property, I don't see most reasonable people going over that fence and onto a property.

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5AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

vindyak. You stated in another article..
" You can't. Our government can't even enforce current laws, let alone new ones.""

Now you want police patrol.
Sound to me if your freind does not like living next to public areas, he should move. I live on a public street and cars turn around in my drive also. Guess we better call the police. Then many will complain that the police are not out looking for REAL criminals.

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6UsuallyBlunt(105 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Sooo, now, we MUST install fences?


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7republicanRick(1735 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

$ 1,700,000 for 3/4 mile of bike trail? Are they nuts?

Why not put all that money into cleaning up the abandoned homes first.

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8soylentgreen(11 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Who got the contract to build this trail .

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9DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Just one more opportunity for "Bandidos and Desperados" to rob the naive suburbanites who think it will be quaint and lovely. Sorry to burst your bubble, but Warren ain't Canfield or Golden Gate park.

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10lee(544 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Let those that use it--- pay for it.

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11RustOnMyBelt(172 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

A trail is better than drugs or guns for our youth.Old and young alike use bikeways.Some people just walk,jog,walk dogs on leashes or take the baby stroller on the trails.I hope they plan to take a spur into the ampitheater and courthouse square so visitors can see the downtown area.

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12Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

about $436 a foot sounds $36 an inch Is it gold plated?

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