For an update on progress on the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail, see here – http://canalwaypartners.com/towpath-trail/
The Stark County Park District has paved a couple sections that have been troublesome due to periods of high water washing away the trail surface. The newly paved sections are north of Canal Fulton between the Stark and Summit County lines as well as a short piece of trail just south of Canal Fulton near Lock 4 Park.
The Army Corps of Engineers is working on the flood easement levee in Massillon and periodic closures of the trail will be necessary throughout 2021. The area affected is between Cherry Street and Lake Avenue. Detour signs are posted. No word on how long it will be closed.
Massillon Area Greenways Inc (MAGI) is still planning on doing improvements to the trail and its environs as it enters Massillon from the west.
Wayne County has received state capital appropriation to fund a .3 mile segment and a small parking area and drainage improvements. the substantial completion date is 11/30/21 with total completion in the spring of 2022.
A TAP grant has been awarded in partnership with the city of Orrville. Design engineering has started and the completion date is set for fiscal year 2024.
A new segment of trail is funded thanks to the efforts of the State of Ohio, Holmes County Park District, Ohio to Erie Trail board contributions, and local funding activities such as the Holmes County annual auction. A review by ODOT has been conducted and the project will be modified slightly to gain ODOT approval. Construction has been delayed due to necessary easements needed. Construction is now scheduled to start January – February of 2022.
A critical 1.1 miles of the OTET north of Sunbury was constructed in the fall of 2021, thus eliminating five miles of on road route. Also, a request for funding to the ODNR Clean Ohio Trail Fund program was submitted. This request was for 1,500 feet of trail near Sunbury with a tentative 2022 construction timeframe.
Engineering design is nearly complete for a small segment of paved trail. The proposed schedule is advertising for construction in January with completion date of May 2022.
An ODNR Clean Ohio Fund grant was awarded to construct the remaining 1.1 miles of the Heart of Ohio Trail to the Licking County line. This project is currently in the design engineering phase.
The Downtown connector trail (next to I-670) is being widened and repaved during 2021-2022. Phase 1, from Nelson Road/Alum Creek connection to Leonard Avenue has been completed. Phase 2 will be from Leonard to the end of the path @ Ft Hayes/Cleveland Avenue will be complete in 2022. This is a complete rebuild and includes improvement of the crosswalks and safety of the path. Pavement markings that include a designated bike lane will be added North of Camp Chase along McKinley Road to Eureka. This work is scheduled to be completed by April 2022.
Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails are working with Madison County Commissioners to raise funds for land acquisition to construct a 1 mile segment in downtown London.
Anderson Township secured $750,000 from OKI (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments) to construct a .35 mile new trail access point from the planned Beechmont Bridge project to Elstun Road. ODOT District 8 is currently designing the project with Anderson Township with an estimated date of completion of 12/31/2024.OKI, along with Great Parks of Hamilton County funded the Beechmont Bridge connection between the Little Miami Scenic Trail and Lunken Airport on 12/28/20. Construction on this .4 mile segment is scheduled to start 3/14/21 and finish 8/31/22.
A 0.5 mile segment of trail is under construction as of early March and is scheduled to be completed fall 2022. This section will link the Little Miami Scenic Trail to Lunken Airport Trail, Armleder Park Trail, and the Ohio River Trail.