Worthington News

New 1.1-mile multiuse connector trail seeing 'a lot of use'

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Cyclists, walkers and joggers already are giving a workout to Worthington's newest multiuse trail, which connects the Olentangy Parklands to North High Street.

"We've seen a lot of use," parks and recreation director Darren Hurley said. "We've had a lot of positive feedback from users and on the landscaping."

The 1.1-mile West Wilson Bridge connector is the only east-west bike path in the city. It was recommended in the Wilson Bridge corridor study, the guiding document for that major roadway on Worthington's north side.

It connects the Olentangy bikeway at the parklands to the Shops at Worthington Place and to North High Street.

The study recommends that the path eventually be extended to McCord Park and the Worthington Community Center on East Wilson Bridge Road. The study suggests that a pedestrian bridge be built over North High Street.

From the parklands, the first half-mile of path is an 8-foot-wide asphalt path on the north side of the road.

About 90 trees had to be removed to build that portion of the path.

The path turns into a sharrow at Old West Wilson Bridge Road, with cyclists expected to follow that road, which has bike-path pavement markers.

The final portion of the path runs along the east side of Chase Bank, to the intersection of North High Street and Wilson Bridge Road.

Hurley said some landscaping details still must be completed and that a curb should be installed at the entrance to the Olentangy Parklands.

Construction was completed quickly, with the project getting started March 17 and essentially completed by June 30.

A $150,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources stipulated the June 30 completion date.

An official dedication of the path will be held in the fall, Hurley said.

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