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Work continues on Barlow Road to add trail in southern part of Hudson

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: May 21, 2017 12:05 AM
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Hudson -- Improvements to Barlow Road will continue through the next two years with the addition of a trail from the Metro Parks Bike and Hike trail on the west side of Terex Road to state Route 91.

Assistant City Manager Thomas Sheridan and Dave Neumeyer, project manager from GPD Group, reviewed the plans for the trail, a segment of the Veterans Trail, at the May 9 Hudson city Council workshop.

Barlow Road, a project presented in 2015, has been widened and resurfaced and this year workers are grading the slope to the railroad crossing.

The poles have been ordered for a new traffic signal at Terex and Barlow roads intersection, which will aid drivers, walkers and bikers who cross Terex Road, Sheridan said.

A public meeting about the trail along Barlow Road is planned in the future, Sheridan said. May 9 he said he wanted feedback from Council members about the proposed trail.

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"There is no haste to do the trail," Sheridan said.

Ellsworth Meadows Golf Course will have to move hole 9 this fall to make room for the trail.

The proposal has a 7-foot asphalt trail from the Bike N Hike Trail east to the former Flood property where a 5-foot sidewalk is proposed from it to state Route 91, Sheridan said.

In most areas, ditches will be maintained but will make the fit tight against the public Right of Way border with private property, he said. Nearly 200 trees will be removed for the construction.

Sheridan said the city applied for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant, which they will know in September whether or not they will receive $500,000 in funding. But ODNR requires trails to be 8-foot wide and asphalt, which would require ditches be covered and increase the costs to the $1.1 million project.

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Work on the southern portion of Veterans Trail is scheduled for 2019,which will extend a trail from downtown along the edge of the Ellsworth Golf Course and connect to Barlow Road's trail. The golf course will be paving cart trails and trail construction could utilize smaller equipment for the Barlow Road trail.

"We could marry this project with that one," Sheridan said.

Council members wanted to remind the planning commission that the new owners of the Flood property will be responsible to pay for their portion of the sidewalk.

Sheridan said he would return later in the year with the comments from the public meeting, news of the grant and the costs for enclosing ditches for the 8-foot requirement by ODNR.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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