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FAIRBORN — The City of Fairborn will host an open house to solicit feedback from residents regarding a proposed bikeway connector.


The goal of the project is to construct a path that will connect the existing bike path at State Route 235/Xenia Drive near Calamityville to Central Avenue and South Street. By constructing this connector, users will have the opportunity to use a path that offers non-motorized recreational transportation opportunities throughout the city without having to compete with vehicles.


Residents are invited to attend the public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the Fire Training room at the City Municipal Building, 44 West Hebble Ave.


“We are looking for feedback about what they think about the project,” said Civil Engineer Lee Harris. “We’ll have poster boards showing the route of the bike path to give them a good idea of what is happening and where. Anyone is more than welcome to come take a look and see what Fairborn is doing to help promote various forms of transportation throughout the city.”


This new path will begin approximately 170 feet east of the existing Norfolk Southern railroad tracks at State Route 235 (Xenia Drive), follow the east side of Dayton Drive, continuing through Central Park and past the Fairborn YMCA, and connect to the west side of Central Avenue. The path will end at the existing path at the intersection of Central Avenue and South Street.


“The width of the path will vary between eight and 10 feet because we won’t be able to get the 10-foot width we want along some of the roads,” Harris said. “We are hoping to make it concrete to match the existing paths.”


The city is under contract with LJB Inc., an engineering consultant, to develop construction plans for the path and ensure the design meets approved engineering standards. The path will be constructed entirely on city property except at the railroad crossing. The total length of the proposed path is approximately 3,750 feet.


The city has received a $380,185 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) which is expected to cover at least half of the estimated costs for the project.


“The project could still be bid out this year, but construction will probably start in 2015,” Harris said.


At the public meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to view displays depicting the planned improvements, as well as the potential effects of construction on surrounding properties. Attendees will also have the opportunity to address representatives from the city and others regarding the project.


Residents can submit comments that evening or they can mail them to the Engineering Division, 44 West Hebble Ave., by June 13.


The meeting facility is handicapped accessible and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.


For more information, please contact Lee Harris at 937-754-3055 or lee.harris@ci.fairborn.oh.us

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