Thursday, June 08, 2000

Township asks aid for bike trail

By Anna Guido
Enquirer Contributor

        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — Township trustees will allow the parks committee to apply for state money to help pay for an additional 1-mile section of paved trail.

        Trustees' approval, given Monday, was needed because they will have to provide 20 percent of the $204,250 construction cost, plus engineering costs. Application deadline for the transportation enhancement funds at the Ohio Department of Trans- portation is June 15. Awards are expected to be announced by the end of summer. Last year, ODOT awarded 33 applicants grants totaling $5 million.

        Liberty Township is among more than 20 townships, municipalities, counties and park districts in the Tristate creating a hike and bike trail.

        It's not a new idea. In 1976, the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments prepared a bikeway policy to encourage cycling as an alternative to driving.

        The regional hike and bike trail system could extend from Northern Kentucky through downtown Cincinnati and connect to expanding Ohio and national trails.

        Liberty Township park officials estimate it could take 10 or more years to build an east-west trail and 20 years to get the entire township trail system in place.


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