Trumbull looking for engineeering services on last phase of bike trail


Staff report

WARREN

Trumbull County commissioners will advertise for letters of interest for engineering services needed to build the fourth phase of the Western Reserve Greenway bike and hike trail.

Zachary Svette, operations director for the Trumbull County MetroParks Board, said actual construction still is about five years away, but it’s time to begin mapping out what route the trail will follow.

County officials are talking to railroad officials to determine whether the trail can continue along the same railroad bed at Burton Street Southeast in Warren south through Howland and Weathersfield townships and into Niles.

“Everyone seems agreeable, but when we get the right of way, then we will know more about the path,” Svette said.

In some areas along the former rail line, there still are tracks in the ground; in other areas, the tracks are gone, he said.

This is the final section of the trail in Trumbull County, with sections completed in Warren, Niles and Champion in recent years.

The county recently was approved for 80 percent federal funding of $2.4 million to pay for the fourth phase. County officials are applying for additional funds to pay the remaining $600,000.

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