Construction of the Stadium Road Bikeway Phase 2 project is expected to begin this month.
“It’ll start within the next two weeks,” Oregon Public Service Director Paul Roman said on Wednesday.
The Stadium Road Bikeway, Phase 2, is a key phase of the Oregon Bikeway Plan, which will provide a continuous bike path through the city connecting major parks, schools, and other public facilities.
The project will be the last leg of the main bikeway path that connects Pearson Metropark to Maumee Bay State Park, according to Roman.
“We have plans to put in spurs, or smaller paths, leading to this master bikeway throughout the city,” said Roman. “We’ll still continue to try and get grants for extensions and other directions. But it is the last section to connect the two parks.”
The project calls for the construction of a 1.52 mile bikeway that will connect the existing Municipal Complex Connector Bikeway, currently ending on Corduroy Road just west of Stadium Road, to the existing shared use path on Stadium Road, ending at Eagles Landing Drive, according to Roman.
The bikeway along Stadium Road will be a 10 feet wide asphalt path located within the existing right of way along the west side of Stadium Road, a minimum of five feet from the edge of the pavement. Along Corduroy Road, two five feet bike lanes will be established for the connection between Clay High School and Stadium Road. Corduroy Road will be widened by approximately three feet on both sides to allow for the additional pavement necessary to create the five feet bike lanes, according to Roman. A sidewalk will also be constructed along the north side of Corduroy Road to provide a pedestrian off-road connection.
The estimated construction cost of the project is $525,000. The city was awarded a $440,000 Transportation Enhancement grant through the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) Transportation Improvement Program, according to Roman.
“It pays for 80 percent of the project costs,” said Roman. The city will pay 20 percent of the remaining cost.
The contractor for the project is Eclipse Co., LLC, Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
The project completion date is June 28 of this year.
Roman said there would be no traffic detours or inconveniences to motorist during the project.
The city’s Big Ditch project, where the ditch along Stadium Road was relocated further from the road, was designed in anticipation of the bike path, said Roman.
“We designed Big Ditch to accommodate the bike path,” he said.
The city completed the Stadium Road Bikeway Phase 1, a 10-feet wide asphalt multi-use path extending from South Shore Park to Eagles’ Landing Drive, in 2002; the Municipal Complex Connector Bikeway project Phase I, a 10-feet wide, off road path along Wolf Creek and Starr Extension constructed in 2003; the Municipal Complex Connector Bikeway project Phase 2, which connects the city municipal complex to Clay High School that was completed in 2008; and the Pearson Park Connector Bikeway project, constructed in 2010.
Roman said the public has extensively used the bike path since it was first constructed.
“Up on Bay Shore Road, I had to get easements from a lot of people. There were some who sounded like they didn’t want it, but I’ve seen them with bikes on it just after we built it. So I know it gets used. And it will continue to be used because there’s really not that many sidewalks in the eastern half of the city. And there are a lot of destination points on this bike route: Clay High School, the senior center, the U.T. Research Center, Maumee Bay State Park, the recreation department, Pearson Metropark, Starr Elementary, and Fassett Middle School.”