MORE: Franklin, Middletown moving bike path project forward
City officials said cancelling the project could put future funding in jeopardy. They said there were no guarantees about future funding due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and that federal funding through OKI is typically programmed four years in advance and also could put Franklin’s funding in jeopardy.
ODOT will manage the project and construction is expected to begin in July 2020 and completed by September 2021.
The new extension will go from the trailhead on Baxter Drive in Franklin along Ohio 73 into a point about 800 feet east of the traffic light at North Breiel Boulevard in Middletown. The project also includes a 10-foot-wide multiuse trail, retaining wall, and storm sewer extensions throughout the route. In addition, there will be the extension of several large diameter storm water culverts under Ohio 73 and installation of concrete barriers to separate bike and motor vehicle traffic.
Federal funding was programmed in 2016 through OKI and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission to cover 80 percent of the costs planned for construction in 2020. However, both cities are required to pay their shares of the project’s costs up front, officials said.