OTET Progress Up-Dates
November 30, 2015 – Bicycle and Recreational Trails Are Economic Boosts Reports PEW Charitable Trusts
Cities and states have long urged their residents to ride bicycles, as a healthy form of recreation and as a green alternative to driving. Now they’re recognizing pedal power’s economic potential. In Ohio there are more and more trails being built with many connecting to the OTET. The link below is to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. PEW Charitable Trust is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. PEW applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life. Take some time and read the powerful statements from research about the benefits of trails and what many states are doing to develop more and more trails.
November 21, 2015 – Mt. Vernon, Ohio – Currently the Ohio to Erie Trail comes into Mt. Vernon via the Heart of Ohio Trail and has to use a variety of side streets for a couple miles (Map 2 – Panel 4) to reach the Kokosing Gap Trail off Mt. Vernon Avenue. The following announcement reported in the Mount Vernon News by CHUCK MARTIN, News Staff reporter tells of tremendous progress at removing the route from the streets and back onto a path through town in the spring of 2016. Reporter Martin wrote: “The bicycle path crossing of the Ohio Central Railroad near the CA&C Depot may be built as early as spring, Mayor Richard Mavis announced Friday 11-20-15. Mavis said he had a meeting by telephone with a representative of the railroad and the Ohio Rail Development Authority, calling it “one of the best meetings I’ve ever had with the railroad.” The railroad reported that it will get federal funds to rebuild the Columbus Road railroad crossing, installing new gates and crossbucks, as well as new electronics. Mavis said they will be able to tie the bicycle path crossing (of the OTET/Heart of Ohio Trail) to those electronics and the railroad will not require gates at the bicycle crossing, only lights and crossbucks. The city will provide a backhoe for burying the electronics and will be able to use asphalt at the bike crossing, without requiring the rubber inserts normally used today. The final cost is not determined, but Mavis said the railroad estimated it at $80,000, far better than the $250,000 that was originally quoted to the city.”