The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) will be replacing the existing turnpike bridges over the MetroParks Bikeway, located directly south of Kirk Road Trailhead. The project will begin on July 17, 2018 and is expected to be completed in late 2019. Bikeway access through the project area will NOT be permitted throughout the construction project but the remainder of the bikeway will remain open.
OTIC will replace the bridges with a large concrete arch culvert, thus creating a tunnel for the bikeway under the turnpike. OTIC’s project will be completed in two phases. During the first phase, pedestrians/bicyclists will not be able to travel south on the bikeway from Kirk Road Trailhead and pedestrians/bicyclists traveling north from Herbert Road will arrive at a “dead-end”. The second phase of the project is anticipated to begin in November 2018 and includes construction of a detour for the bikeway. At that time, through access for pedestrians/bicyclists will be restored by means of the detour. Once OTIC’s project is totally completed in 2019, the detour will be removed and bikeway traffic will be routed through the new tunnel.