Wadsworth is one step closer to creating an inter-urban trail after City Council approved a construction contract Tuesday.
Stretching about two miles, the trail would begin at the city’s southwest parking lot downtown and head southeast following South Boulevard and Ohio Avenue to Miller Park. The trail would continue along Chestnut Street to South Boulevard and Durling Drive, running parallel to a railroad line, and ending at a Silvercreek Road trailhead.
It would connect to other trail projects in nearby Norton and Barberton, which then could lead to the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath.
HSH Construction & Excavating of Wadsworth submitted the lowest bid of $396,020.66 last August.
Assistant Public Service Director Harry Stark said the cost of the project now, $404,020.66, is because prices have gone up for materials since the bid was placed last year.
The project largely will covered by a 2015 grant of $372,185 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Clean Ohio Trails Fund.
The city, Stark said, budgeted for the remaining $32,000.
Construction is expected to begin in the next few weeks and be completed by fall.
“We’re going to hope for the best weather” to get the trail completed, Assistant Public Service Director Harry Stark said.
In January, Stark reported he received approval for an easement from FirstEnergy Corp., whose Ohio Edison unit owns land where the trail would run.
But the easement idea was dropped and the city instead will buy the necessary land for about $4,700.
“After doing our due diligence, we decided to purchase,” Stark said.
He said after the couple of years’ discussions to obtain the land, it is “nice” to be closer to completion of the trail.
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