Metroparks Brandywine Falls Bike and Hike realignment ready, but bridge over I-271 isn't

by Jeff Saunders | Reporter
A 1-mile, $2.53 million Summit County Metroparks Bike and Hike Trail realignment near Brandywine Falls is now
ready, but it will be a few months before its users will be able to cross Interstate 271 on a new bridge.
The park district is planning an April 25 ribbon cutting for the new trail section, construction of which began
last spring and includes tripling parking at the falls to about 90 spaces.
Metroparks spokesman Nate Eppink said March 12 people are already using the trail, though they still have
to cross I-271 on Brandywine Road.
A new, 310-foot long pedestrian bridge, construction of which is being overseen by the Ohio Department of
Transportation, has yet to be installed.
The bridge was originally supposed to have been in place last November, but it had to be postponed until
February because of issues involving the bridge contractor getting construction materials for it.
Justin Chesnic, spokesperson for ODOT's District 4 office in Akron, said June 25 is now the target date
for when the bridge will be installed and ready for use.
"It's just a difficult bridge to fabricate," he said.

[Hudson Hub Times]