The Trumbull County commissioners have awarded a $13,975 contract to MS Consultants of Youngstown to do title searches and title updates for the final phase of the Western Reserve Greenway bike and hike trail.
The searches and updates are related to the acquisition of railroad rights of way and two bridges.
The final phase, estimated to be complete around 2020 or later, will run four miles from Burton Street on the south end of Warren through Howland and Weathersfield townships to the trailhead of the Niles Greenway in downtown Niles.
Zach Svette, Trumbull County MetroParks operations director, said it’s important to start early with railroad right-of-way acquisitions because of the length of time it takes. The railroad lines involved have not been used in a while, Svette said.
The tracks run from southeast to northwest through Niles and include two railroad bridges – one near the trailhead for the Niles Greenway on Robbins Avenue and one north of there on Main Street near the McDonald’s restaurant.
The trailhead has parking and other amenities for users of the trail.
The MetroParks also would like to acquire a right of way on railroad tracks to the west of state Route 169, Svette said.
Federal and state grants are paying the $13,975.
The commissioners awarded a $531,914 contract to GDP Group of Akron to provide engineering services for the final phase.
Those costs also will be covered by federal and state grants.