Connector for Grandview bike trail under construction

Published December 12, 2012 by justicewg

I was checking out the Grandview bike trail and I found this construction going on. A new bridge is being built on Grandview’s bike trail!

Scioto bike bridge

What, you didn’t know there is a Grandview bike trail by the river? Technically it is not Grandview’s bike trail, it’s in Columbus, but that part of the city between 33 and the Grandview Ave bridge crossing the Scioto is too disconnected from the west side to remain part of Columbus, so it’s Grandview’s by default. The bike trail is very obscure, and doesn’t go anywhere that helps you travel across the city, but it will soon. The trail starts between the new gas station and the 670 exit onto Grandview Ave., passes under the bridge and follows the Scioto river to the back of the Rivers Edge business park. Last year a bridge was built that crossed the Scioto to McKinley, but it still was a path with no clear reason for existence.

Scioto_bike_construction

For a long time there was a section of the bike trail that traveled west from downtown that ended near the main post office, it was hinted this stub would somehow be connected to the Grandview bike trail, but it was unclear how this would be done. Columbus Recreation & Parks Department has announced the connector is now under construction, and will allow you to bike from downtown along the Scioto river all the way to 5th Ave. (with a stop on Grandview Ave. for those who want to brave the traffic in that area).

The path of the new connector will use two bridges to finish this section. That small section of land south of the river always intrigued me when I was on 670 going west, it is completely inaccessible to anyone without a boat. With the completion of the new bridges it will be opened up for exploration.

I hereby propose that the city of Grandview should recruit an army, and occupy that newly opened land as a Grandview city park. Who is with me?

(Nov. 2013) The bike trail is now open to downtown.

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