The city is continuing to advance design plans and permits to prepare for construction of a multi-use trail project from Kuther Road to the existing Canal Feeder Trail terminus just east of Interstate 75 along the Great Miami River.
The city recently received approval of a Limited Access Right-of-Way Joint Use Agreement from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Approval of this permit helps pave the way for the issuance of the ODOT MR505 permit needed to perform maintenance or construction work in an ODOT right-of-way.
The new recreational trail, consisting of 3,725 feet of asphalt, which will replace the existing gravel drive, will extend the Miami Erie Canal Trail to pass through the I-75 limited access right of way under the bridge structure, and to tie into the existing Canal Feeder Trail east of the interstate.
Connecting the Canal Feeder Trail to the Great Miami River Recreation Trail has been a key priority of the city for numerous years. Once this 0.9 mile Canal Feeder Trail project is complete, trail advocates will focus their efforts on connecting Sidney with the Great Miami River Recreational Trail in Piqua. This portion of the trail is in Shelby County and will be spearheaded by the Shelby County Commissioners with support from city staff and the Great Miami Riverway. When completed the trail system will extend from Sidney to Hamilton, Ohio, and be part of the country's largest paved trail system.
The construction project will be advertised for bid as soon as the ODOT MR505 permit is approved.