Oregon City Council recently approved a grant application to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) for funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program for the Oregon Bikeway Preservation Project.
The project consists of rehabilitating and preserving the existing asphalt pavement of the main bikeway system in the city. Plans call for rehabilitating approximately 5.9 miles of separated bike paths. Various pavement rehabilitation techniques will be used to improve and preserve the existing asphalt surface to help prevent the need for more costly major rehabilitation in the future.
“TMACOG is looking for `shovel ready’ projects,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman, “to actually fill a gap in the Fiscal Year 2018 program next year.”
The city has not been very successful in the past applying for the grant, he added. “But we’re hoping to score well on it.”
The project includes putting a thin layer of fine graded asphalt on top of the older bike path sections along Bay Shore Road, he said. “In some of the newer sections of the bike path, we’re having an asphalt rejuvenating agent. It just helps preserve the asphalt for a lot more years.”
Cost of the entire project is $228,000. The city would pay a 20 percent local match, or $45,000, while the grant would cover 80 percent, according to Roman.
The Oregon Bikeway System was constructed in phases using various grant sources, starting with the Starr Avenue Bike Lanes in 1990. The Stadium Road Bikeway Phase 2, which was completed in 2013, completed a major regional bikeway in Oregon that has been a goal of the city since 1984 when TMACOG prepared for the original bikeway plan.
The Oregon Bikeway System connects Maumee Bay State Park to Pearson Metropark and provides direct pedestrian and bike access to the Oregon Municipal and Recreational Complex, the South Shore Veterans Park, the James A. Haley Boardwalk, Clay High School, Fassett Junior High and Starr Elementary School. The TMACOG “On the Move: 2007-2035 Transportation Plan” also lists the Oregon trail system as a major destination point for connecting both the Craig Bridge bike path and the North Coast Inland Trail to provide for a complete integrated system of trails and greenways to meet the local, regional, and statewide goals.