Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder discussed the project with council Tuesday night.
Since all the money in the transportation alternatives program through the Ohio Department Transportation hadn’t been spent, the city will receive another $390,000 in grant money for a multi-use trail in the railroad corridor, Snyder said.
That brings the total of the ODOT grant money to nearly $1 million.
“This is one of the biggest grants we’ve gotten,” Snyder said.
The city engineer also told council that due to the $1 million in ODOT grants, the project only will be bid once and will be done as one large project, not in the two phases as was originally proposed. The first phase went from about two miles north of Veterans Memorial Lake Park and end behind Bishman Park across from the Ernsthausen Community Center. The project will include traffic control such items as cross walks, signage and fencing.
In April, council approved Snyder and the city of Norwalk to apply for the grant.
The multi-use trail/bicycle path is on property that Norwalk purchased from Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway in the late 1990s. Due to the ODOT grant cycle, construction is planned to start in 2022.