Trail route changes to BG center PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:10
Bowling Green has changed the route for an off-road pedestrian and bicycle trail to the Community Center on West Newton Road.
"The city's engineering division, public works department and parks and recreation department have come up with an alternate route to the middle school and high school," Dr. Michelle Grigore, director of parks and recreation, told city council Monday night.
"With a speed limit of 50 mph on Haskins Road north of Poe Road it was just too dangerous for the path through that area," she said, in explaining the reason for the change.
The southern terminus of the trail will be the sidewalk at Poe Road at the west side of the high school parking lot. The trail will go north from that point along the western edge of the school property and then along city-owned right-of-way to the south side of Van Camp Road. The trail then goes west on the south side of Van Camp to Brim, where it would cross and continue north on the east side of Brim to Newton, then turning west toward the Community Center.
Grigore said the trail would consist of stone base covered with about four inches of compressed screenings. The design would allow for paving later if funds became available. She said the surface is similar to that used in several Toledo Metroparks.
She said the city engineer estimates the cost at $120,000 with another $25,000 needed to build a culvert over a ditch at the north end of the high school property. "We would have to build this in four or five phases as funding becomes available. We could start this summer along Newton Road with a $15,000 grant from the Wood County Park District," Grigore said.
The terminus at Poe Road was chosen because it connects with the bicycle transportation plan approved by council several years ago.
Council members had no questions and voiced no concerns about the project.
Council also:
• Heard from Mayor Richard Edwards that the six task force groups in the "visioning" effort between the city and Bowling Green State University have begun meeting. He expects the groups to have several strategies and actions in place by mid-summer. Edwards also said that as far as he is concerned the meetings "are very much an open process" that will encourage input and advice.
• Learned from Municipal Administrator John Fawcett that the U.S. Center for Disease Control will be conducting a health survey in Wood County this spring with up to 500 residents chosen for participation. "This is legitimate and we encourage citizens to participate." He said the city will be provided with the names of the people conducting the survey in the event citizens have questions.
• Presented former Fourth Ward Council Member Mike Frost with a copy of a resolution council passed last month honoring his eight years on council.

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