Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn said Tuesday there will be public hearings on the additional bicycle and shared-use paths planned for construction in the spring of 2020 in the city.
No date has been announced.
Muryn advised City Council of the plans for the hearings at its regular meeting Tuesday. She said city administrators are also working to develop a more detailed report and graphics for council about the project.
In late June, letters went in the mail advising residents, businesses and organizations that will be most impacted by the construction. The city is seeking public comment on the projects, as required by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Muryn said she has been receiving a lot of public input on the plan. She said the city will need to address traffic concerns raised by the proposed construction.
The shared-use Blanchard River Greenway Trail will be extended from the dead end at 1100 E. Main Cross St. to East Sawmill Road. From there, East Main Cross Street will be widened by 5 feet on both the north and the south sides of the road between East Sawmill Road and the parking lot at the corner of Bright Road.
Widening the street will provide two, 5-foot bike lanes in each direction, according to Jeremy Kalb, project manager for the City of Findlay.
On Lincoln Street, a shared-use path will replace the sidewalk on the north side of Lincoln Street, from South Cory Street to Blanchard Street.
On Blanchard Street, the northbound and southbound curb lanes, from Sixth Street to Tiffin Avenue, will be converted into 5-foot-wide bike lanes. According to Kalb, converting the curb lanes to dedicated bike lanes will require that this part of Blanchard Street be reduced to a three-lane road for motorists. Blanchard Street will then have one northbound lane, one southbound lane and a center turn lane.
Once complete, the additional bicycle and shared-use paths will connect some of the city’s most popular destinations, including Tiffin Avenue, Emory Adams Park and downtown Findlay.
Courier reporter Denise Grant will have more on Wednesday.