Wednesday, December 26, 2007 3:11 AM
By Tim Doulin
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
…William Shkurti, OSU senior vice president for business and finance, said last week that the university has set aside $1.7 million for the three-phase project. He said he and university President E. Gordon Gee recently met with a group of bicyclists to discuss the future of the project.
“Over the last couple of weeks, we have been looking for funding sources, and I told them we now had identified the sources to move ahead with all three phases of the plan,” Shkurti said.
….The first phase will connect the trail on the south side of Woody Hayes Drive to the elevated levee path that runs south to Drake Union. The levee path also will be repaved.
In addition, a new portion of trail will be extended south along the river from Woody Hayes to an incline that connects with the levee path near Drake.
That phase could be completed by fall, said Stephen Volkmann, OSU landscape architect.
Volkmann said the third phase, from John H. Herrick Drive to just south of the substation, probably will be done in 2009. The second phase, in the middle from Drake to Herrick, also might be done at the same time, Shkurti said.
No need for too much comment here. Maintaining trails and improving them with underpasses beneath roads like Woody Hayes Drive is a good thing.
However, I was surprised to learn that this is the busiest trail in the state. The towpath trail in suburban Cleveland/Akron would have probably been my guess. I like the Olentangy River, but when its trail is the busiest in the state, it tells me that we’re under-utilizing Ohio’s more beautiful natural resources like Lake Erie and the Ohio River.