The city of Columbus has applied the brakes to plans to build a bike path along state Route 161 from Linworth to Sawmill roads.
Plans for the 10-foot-wide multiuse path had been in the works for several years. Environmental-impact studies and engineering work on the project were being completed when it was canceled.
No reason for the cancellation was given in a press release dated Aug. 28.
"Now that the city has made this decision, the Korda/Engage Public Affairs efforts on the proposed (Route) 161 shared-use path will now cease and the city's project manager will be reassigned," read a statement from Marie Keister, public involvement lead on the project.
Plans for the path have been met with considerable public opposition, particularly to a proposal to build it on the north side of the road.
Several business owners and homeowners along the road said the south side would be a safer alternative because the path would cross fewer driveways and major roads.
Local cycling enthusiast Jody Dzuranin was part of a planning group that met several times to try to come to some compromises.
"I'm disappointed but not surprised," she said of the cancellation of the plans.
The 2.2-mile path is one of the top 12 priorities of the Columbus Bicentennial Bikeways Plan, which was based on public input and analysis. It would have been a major east-west bikeway connector.
Bikeways along Route 161 could be part of future improvements to that stretch of roadway, connecting Worthington with Sawmill Road.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission soon is expected to complete a traffic study upon which future plans for the road would be based.
Cooperating in the study are Worthington, Columbus and Perry and Sharon townships.