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Bike trail bridge slated for fixes

ms consultants, inc.

April 20, 2022

Work is proceeding to fix a bridge on the Western Reserve Greenway Trail in Bristol.


Trumbull Metroparks Executive Director Zachary Svette said the board made the county commissioners aware of issues on that section of the bike trail, which is a stone arch bridge, and a completed corrective action engineering study was completed by MS Consultants.


A letter has been sent to the commissioners with the study to seek financial assistance for the work. Svette said that section of the trail is closed — with a sign posted prohibiting walking or riding there.


He said the district also is making a state capital budget request for the bike trail project. The bridge area is located north of Hyde Oakfield Road before Mahan Denman Road.


A letter to the commissioners states the project is estimated between $636,000 and $934,921.


In other business at a recent park board meeting, Svette said the board is awaiting word on the Leavittsburg dam removal with documentation being reviewed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.


“When the paperwork and documents are reviewed and we hear word, we can begin making finalizations on the project. We hope to hear something this spring,” Svette said.


The metroparks, which owns the dam property, is planning to remove it possibly as early as 2023.


Residents and Warren Township officials have expressed opposition to the dam’s removal and also indicated if the dam is removed, it should be done after sanitary sewers are installed in areas near the Mahoning River.


Also, the Young’s Run Disc Golf Course at Clarence Darrow Metropark in Champion received national recognition as the winner for 2021 Disc Golf Course Association’s Replay Growth Program. The course received 18 new disc baskets. Svette said plans are for the baskets to be given for disc golf to be offered at Warren City School District properties at Lincoln, Jefferson, McGuffey and Willard schools. disc golf will be added to the schools’ physical education programs.


In other action, the board:


• Heard from Svette, who has spoken to Howland officials about doing trails around the metroparks office, which is owned by the township. Grants will be sought;


• Is waiting on word with proceeding with a parking area at the West Branch Park, which includes a hunting area;


• Discussed paving of parking lots at Foster Park, Canoe City, Clarence Darrow Park, Sunside Trailhead and Oakfield area. Five lots will be paved and eight lots striped;


• Heard from Svette the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office will have individuals with probation hours to help with mowing of the parks;


• Set a “September Spin” bike ride Sept. 10 near Kent State at Trumbull;


• Accepted a $130 donation from the Warren City Federation of Women’s Club for a bird house at Clarence Darrow Park;


• Approved a contract with United Rentals for $2,970 for portable restrooms;


• Approved Roger Cox, Thomas Holbrook and Randall Sampson at $15 per hour up to $9,000 from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 for maintenance.


Originally published by Bob Coupland with The Tribune Chronicle.