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Monday, June 10, 2013

Bike ramp to link trail, Goodale St. [Dispatch]

Columbus wants to turn a car-heavy corridor into a friend-lier route for bicyclists.
The city is installing a ramp from W. Goodale Street to the Olentangy Trail, which runs beneath the street and between Rt. 315 and the Olentangy River. The ramp will include a flat, covered balcony that overlooks the path, where cyclists can slow down before entering the trail below.A stretch of sidewalk on the north side of Goodale will be widened to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists.
Construction was scheduled to start in August but was pushed back when bids came in about $1 million over the $4.3 million the city budgeted for the project, said Terri Leist of the Recreation and Parks Department.
The city has rebid the project after cutting some amenities, such as ornamental railings, Leist said. It expects to open new bids in late June, putting the project behind by about six weeks.
Federal funds will cover about 80 percent of the project, said Brad Westall, the city’s greenways planner. The city will pick up the rest.The ramp is needed to better connect cyclists traveling in areas, including Grandview Heights, Harrison West and the Arena District, that Westall said have grown since the trail was developed a decade ago...
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