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Towpath Re-Routed

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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 11-25-2015

Towpath Trail Rerouted

Hickory Street Used During Construction

            Akron, Ohio (November 24, 2015) - Plans to implement a new route for the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail took effect Monday.

The trail, located on Hickory Street between Memorial Parkway and North Street, south of the Mustill Store, was developed in conjunction with many stakeholders, including the Ohio and Erie Canalway, Summit Metro Parks, National Park Service, Cascade Locks Park Association and the Mustill Store, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, local residents, and users of the towpath trail.

The new trail will remain in place for the duration of the construction of the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel, a 6000 ft. tunnel that will be bored under the City of Akron to create a 27 ft. diameter sewer. “We have worked diligently with our partners to create a safe and challenging new experience for our trail users,” said Mayor Jeff Fusco. “We will continue to re-evaluate the Towpath Trail Route as we move forward.”

Travelers with small children and/or those with mobility issues should be aware of inclines on the Maple Street connector, as the steepest incline averages 15% on this new route, with another incline in the 10% range. The sections are walkable, and those with bikes may wish to walk them through this section. “Although this section of the Towpath Trail is more challenging than the previous one, it has been designed with the safety of the pedestrians and cyclists in mind,” said Dan Rice, President and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. “One cul de sac will be installed to stop northbound traffic on Hickory Street and the other cul de sac will be installed to stop southbound traffic. There also is a Railroad Crossing in this section, and the route will be clearly marked.”

The new towpath location will allow the popular “Bike Aboard” to continue at the Northside Station as well as to keep the 101 mile stretch of towpath trail open between Cleveland and New Philadelphia, Ohio. “Every effort will be made to create a signed, safe and enjoyable experience and the Towpath Trail will continue to do what it does best – helping users enjoy Akron’s culture, history, recreation and nature,” said Rice.

At the end of the project, the Towpath Trail will be returned to its original location along the Little Cuyahoga River.

“This is a great opportunity for our users to see where the Towpath Trail can take them,” said Mayor Fusco. “This is also a great opportunity to explore new areas of Akron, and see what our beautiful and diverse city has to offer.”

The Towpath Trail will be printed on maps and made available on the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition National Heritage Area visitor website, as well as on other Summit County and Akron websites. Maps will also be available at the Mustill Store, which will remain open during the duration of work. Clear signs will mark the path for users.

For question or concerns, please contact Akron Waterways Renewed! program Communication Manager Heather Bolestridge at (330) 375-2501 or by email at [email protected] 

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