Northwood is considering developing a bike path down a two mile stretch of Curtice Road to improve traffic safety and storm water drainage.
Councilman Dave Gallaher, who is also acting chairman of the city’s economic development committee, noted the possibility of a bike path at a council meeting on February 24.
Curtice Road does not have sidewalks between Lemoyne and Fostoria roads, a two and a half mile stretch. And a storm water ditch runs alongside it.
Budgetary constraints in the last few years have caused the city to put projects on the backburner, and the proposed bike path, Gallaher emphasized, is not a priority. Still, it is an idea the city has considered over the years.
“We have talked about it in the past, trying to identify some projects down the road that would benefit the city and the residents, goals we can work on,” Gallaher said after the meeting. “One of the things I would like to see is making the city more bicycle accessible, particularly for an area with a large population like Curtice Road.”
The project would be a much bigger project than just a bike path, he explained.
“The idea is to see if there’s funding available to fill a storm water drainage ditch along Curtice Road. Then on top of that, we could construct a bike path,” he said.
“It would address many issues. Hopefully, it would make the storm water drainage a little bit more efficient. We have to get storm water downstream. In order for us to drain it, we have to move the water,” he said. “And it would make Curtice Road safer by filling in that ditch.”
Currently, there are no funds earmarked for the project, though there is the possibility of applying for a grant.
“We just can’t give up planning for the future because we’re going through some difficult times right now. We have to make some plans down the road,” he said.
The city plans to get cost estimates for the project, he added.
“Once we get those estimates, it will go on the shelf for a while and we’ll probably end up bouncing around some ideas to see which are more feasible,” he said.