Oregon City Council on Monday approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) for the bid and construction of LUC-Stadium Road Bike Path – Phase 2.
It will mark the last section of bikeway between Pearson Metropark and Maumee Bay State Park, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
The project consists of new bike lanes from Corduroy Road at Clay High School, eastward to Stadium Road, and a bike path along the west side of Stadium Road going north and ending at Eagles Landing Drive.
The estimated construction cost of the project is $525,000.
The city received a $440,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant from the FHA to construct the project next year.
“This agreement will allow the Department of Public Service to oversee bidding and construction for the bikeway project,” said Roman. “It will also secure federal funding for the project through the Federal Highway Administration. The grant funding that we have for this will pay 80 percent of construction, up to a maximum limit of $440,000.”
The city is planning to advertise for construction in November, said Roman.
“It’s our plan to award it either in late November or early December, and likely start construction in the spring,” said Roman.
The Stadium Road Bikeway Phase 2 is the last leg of the main bikeway path that would go from Pearson Park to Maumee Bay State Park.
“We’ll be looking at other projects in the future, but this does complete something we started 13 years ago,” he said of the bike path project.
Stadium Road Bikeway Phase 1 is a 10-foot wide asphalt multi-use path extending from South Shore Park to Eagles Landing Drive that was constructed in 2002; the Municipal Complex Connector Bikeway project Phase I is a 10-foot wide, off road path along Wolf Creek and Starr Extension that was constructed in 2003; the Municipal Complex Connector Bikeway project Phase 2 connects the city municipal complex to Clay High School that was completed in 2008; and the Pearson Park Connector Bikeway project was constructed in 2010.
Councilman Jerry Peach asked Roman about a resident who appeared at a council meeting earlier this year to oppose the bike path on the south side of Corduroy because it would be too close to his house. Charles Carson had preferred to see the path go on the north side of the road because there was more open field.
Roman said the bikeway will have little impact on Carson’s property.
“There will be bike lanes on each side of Corduroy Road. You really only have to add three or four feet of pavement on each side of Corduroy because the road is already wide,” said Roman. “But considering it’s a multi-use path, we believe the correct thing to do is to do the bike lanes, and also provide a sidewalk on the north side. That would accommodate two-way traffic as well. It wouldn’t encroach as much, at least to the residents on the south side. And the grant will cover that as well. That is how it is designed right now. We’re still working on the final design details. We will be contacting the property owners.”
Mayor Mike Seferian said he spoke with Carson after the last meeting.
“His top preference would have been that the bike lane not be on that side of the road, but he could live with it if it was an extension of the road,” said Seferian.
Councilman Dennis Walendzak asked if the path would impact the frontage of businesses on Corduroy Road.
“On the north side of the road, would the path go down Stadium directly to Corduroy, then cut across the businesses, like Corduroy Carryout? And how much of their frontage are we going to encroach upon if you put a sidewalk in?” asked Walendzak.
“All of the work is in the right of way. A lot of what is already there is paved. Some of it may just be striping off what we’re putting in. Both sides of the right of way are tight. The bike lanes work, and I think the sidewalk also perhaps could help in terms of the businesses,” said Roman.