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Oregon seeks funding to preserve bike paths
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Monday, 20 May 2013 09:22

Oregon will submit an application to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) for funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program for the Oregon bikeway preservation project.

The city is requesting $192,000 for the $240,000 project. The local share is $48,000.

The project will preserve over four miles of bike path and two miles of bike lanes that are part of the city’s main bikeway system, which connects Maumee Bay State Park to Pearson Metropark, provides direct pedestrian and bike access to the city’s municipal and recreational complex, the James “Wes” Hancock Senior Center, the South Shore Veterans Park, the James A. Haley Boardwalk, Clay High School, Fassett Middle School and Starr Elementary School.

The project consists of rehabilitating and preserving the existing asphalt pavement, including 4.5 miles of separated bike paths and approximately two miles of bike lanes along Starr Avenue. 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.

“There’s a new round for this money through ODOT and TMACOG,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman at a recent council meeting. “Our project is really just taking the Oregon bikeway and preserving it.”

The funding, he added, may not be available until 2018-19.

Plans call for a proposed 1” fine graded polymer asphalt concrete overlay, minor pavement base repairs, installation of ADA detectable warning devices at roadway crossings, pavement markings and signage upgrades for the Bay Shore Road Bikeway, Phases I and II; the Senior Center Bikeway, Phases I and II, and the Stadium Road Bikeway Phase I. The Municipal Complex Connector Bikeway, Phases I and II, and the Pearson Park Connector Bikeway, will get an application of asphalt rejuvenating agent and pavement markings, while the Starr Avenue bike lanes will get pavement base failure repairs and pavement markings.

“I think it’s going to be scored well. But we’re competing against much larger projects as well,” Roman said of the city’s chances of getting funding.

The Oregon bikeway system was built in phases using various grant sources, starting with the Starr Avenue bike lanes in 1990. The Stadium Road Bikeway, Phase II, which is currently under construction, will complete a major regional bikeway in Oregon that has been a goal of the city since 1984 when TMACOG prepared the original Oregon Bikeway plan.

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