The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) has been in the process of replacing the existing turnpike bridges located directly south of Kirk Road Trailhead with a large concrete arch culvert, thus creating a tunnel for the bikeway under the turnpike. The project began on July 17, 2018 and is expected to be completed in late 2019.
The OTIC recently completed construction of a temporary detour for MetroParks Bikeway traffic to safely travel around the construction project. The detour is now officially open for use, thus reconnecting the bikeway to the section south of Kirk Road. Once OTIC’s project is totally completed in 2019, the detour will be removed and bikeway traffic will be routed through the new tunnel.