The hammering sound you hear in downtown Kent may be from the Phoenix Project’s $6 million renovation on Main Street or you might be hearing the sound of the boardwalk that is being built as part of the extension of the bike trail from the Kent border down by the Middlebury Road bridge along the river back up to Fred Fuller Park. Or it might be the construction of the bike trail being built on the north end of downtown from the Crain Avenue bridge through the old rail yards up to the Kent border with the Franklin township. I could tell you all about it but in the spirit of verbal conservation I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.
Middlebury Road to Fred Fuller Segment
The Trail begins at Middlebury Road where the Cuyahoga River crosses the road.
Summit County Metroparks has proposed extending the trail toward Tallmadge and into Downtown Akron by 2012 using the old rail corridor at the intersection of Middlebury and SR 261.
The newly paved trail follows the old P&O Canal along an old roadway that was constructed inside the canal. A small retaining wall was constructed in this area to minimize impact on the adjacent wetlands.
Sixty five foot steel piling have been driven on each side of the river for the bridge abutments.
The trail continues over top of the Plum Creek Aqueduct that was constructed in 1840. Plum Creek passes through this structure on its way to the Cuyahoga.
After crossing on the North side of the river the trail will pass under the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad
The project will terminate in Fred Fuller Park. The estimated completion date is November 15th.
The city has been awarded additional funding ($700,000) in 2012 to continue the trail to Tannery Park.
Crain Avenue Segment
•Crain Avenue Segment is being funded in part by a Clean Ohio Trails Fund grant for $163,000.
The trail continues with views of the Cuyahoga River and Standing Rock that will be highlighted with interpretive signage next year. The trail continues along side remnants of the P & O Canal again.
Portage Park District will be constructing the trail from this point to Lake Rockwell Road. Their project is currently out for bids and is scheduled for completion this fall.