New Albany is extending the leisure trail along Central College Road, east of state Route 605 to the Wentworth subdivision.

New Albany is extending the leisure trail along Central College Road, east of state Route 605 to the Wentworth subdivision.

City manager Joseph Stefanov said the city solicited bids for the extension. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $180,000 and the lowest bid is from Park Enterprises at $151,549.

Stefanov said the leisure trail would connect to the trail built when the Wentworth subdivision was built. That trail currently stops at the end of the subdivision.

The project could begin this week. Local tax dollars will pay for it, Stefanov said.

“Specifically, it is being funded with capital-improvement money that comes from the local income tax,” he said.

The city also is considering connecting its leisure trail system to Granville and Johnstown to the trail system that runs between Johnstown and Newark.

Stefanov said an engineering firm, GPD Group of Columbus, asked to do a voluntary feasibility study of the project, which would include some bicycle lanes on roads and some bicycle trails.

The results indicated the project was feasible, though it would need further study, which would cost $6,500, Stefanov said.

Several city council members seemed interested in the project at the Sept. 20 meeting. However, council member Colleen Briscoe asked members to wait before committing to the funding until the city went through its annual budgeting process, which typically is done in November and December.

Stefanov said the city would solicit grants for construction. Grant funding probably would not be awarded for two years.

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