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Walking/Biking Trail Opens
C-T / Brittany Tutt
June 28,  2016

The newly-constructed city walking / biking trail opened on Monday, June 27, 2016. This trail starts at 3rd Street and South Woodrow Street, just west of the old prison site, and continues 1.4 miles to the east entrance (shown below) near the Wabash restaurant. Parking on each end of the trail is near the entrances. City officials emphasize that no motor vehicles are allowed on this trail.


C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

An approximate three-mile walking/biking trail is under construction and extends from the old Wabash Depot to the former correctional center on Third Street.


C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt / June 13, 2016

Chillicothe's new walking/biking trail is nearing completion. Approximately 1,800 tons of rock have been used for the trail. Part of this tonnage was a heavy base rock layer that was rolled and packed down followed by a layer of three-eighths-inch limestone chips placed on top and then rolled. Most of the trail has been completed from the site of the former correctional center on Third Street to the overpass. The work is being done by the city's street department. Street Superintendent Barry Arthur stated that more rock work needed to be completed for the path as well as several other tasks, including erecting signs at the entrances of the trail, installing concrete barriers at various locations to deter motorists from driving on the trail, and putting up mile markers every one-tenth of a mile. When completed, the trail will have an average width of 8 feet and be approximately 3 miles round-trip. Arthur urges the public to stay off of the trail until completely finished to ensure the safety of individuals and quality of the trail. The trail, weather permitting, is hoped to be completed by early July.

Work Continues on New Walking, Biking Trail
By Brittany Tutt
Updated 04/15/16


C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

The Chillicothe Street Department has been working hard on the new walking / biking trail being developed through Chillicothe. Earlier this month, the biggest project concerning the trail was completed, according to street superintendent, Barry Arthur. The department used a 50 foot long pipe that is 6 feet in diameter to create a ramp (above) located on the north side of the old CMU power plant as part of the trail.

April 5, 2016

CAPTION: The Chillicothe Street Department was building a bridge beneath the overpass in Chillicothe Monday afternoon. This bridge will be part of the new walking / biking trail through Chillicothe. The trail will be about 1.5 miles long (about 3 miles down and back) and will extend from Wabash BBQ to the old Chillicothe women's prison property on Third Street. The trail is estimated to be completed sometime this summer.


C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

Work on the new walking / biking trail through Chillicothe continues. It was announced in December that the city would develop an estimated four-mile biking / walking trail extending from the old Wabash railroad depot area (now Wabash BBQ) and looping around the old women's prison. According to Barry Arthur, Chillicothe street superintendent, the trail currently being developed begins near Wabash BBQ, goes beneath the overpass, crosses over Hickory Street to the old CMU plant where a ramp has been installed and that ramp will lead to the old prison site where the trail ends. Arthur said the city has hopes that the trail will extend even farther in the future but as of now, the trail will be about a 1.5 miles one way (about three miles down and back).

The dirt work for this trail began about three weeks ago. The street department worked for many weeks on getting the trail as level as possible. Once the trails are mowed down, they will spray the trails to keep the grass from growing. A base rock will be put down and packed tight then small limestone chips will cover the trails. The trails will be 10 feet wide and Arthur is planning to have a sign placed every one-tenth of a mile telling the walker / biker how far he or she has gone. The street department is currently finishing the last 180 feet of the trail, which extend from the overpass to Wabash BBQ. Once they receive the last 120 feet of pipe (12 inch in diameter) needed to complete the part of the trail underneath the overpass, they will be ready to mow, spray and rock the trail.

On March 22, the street crew used 72 loads of dirt to fill in a 20-foot ditch on the north side of the old CMU power plant. A connecting ramp to cross this ditch was created there so bikers and walkers can cross over to the old prison site on Third Street. The street department just recently completed this project as they had been waiting for a 50-foot long pipe that is 72 inches in diameter to arrive to complete the ramp. Arthur said this was the biggest project needed to be completed for the trail. Yesterday, the Chillicothe Street Department was constructing a wooden bridge for the trail underneath the overpass. This bridge was completed this morning. Arthur said he hopes to have the trails open by mid-summer, but if the weather cooperates he's hoping to have it done much sooner.

Work on New Walking / Biking Trail Starts
By BRITTANY TUTT 
March 23, 2016


C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

The Chillicothe Street Department was busy Tuesday morning filling in a 20 foot deep ditch on the north side of the old CMU plant. A ramp will be built there as part of the one and a half mile trail through Chillicothe that will be open to the public this summer. This trail starts near Wabash BBQ, goes underneath the overpass, across Hickory Street and to the old prison site.

It was announced in December that the city of Chillicothe has plans to develop a four-mile biking / walking trail extending from the old Wabash railroad depot area (Wabash BBQ) and looping around the old women's prison on Third Street. Part of this trail is now being developed by the city of Chillicothe's street department. The street department used 72 loads of dirt Tuesday to fill in a 20-foot ditch north side of the old CMU power plant. The street crew began filling the ditch in the morning and it was filled by noon, according to street Superintendent Barry Arthur. A connecting ramp to cross this ditch will be created there for the new trail for bikers and walkers to utilize in order to cross over to the old prison site on Third Street. Now, the street crew is waiting for a 50-foot long pipe to arrive to complete the ramp. Arthur said he and his crew have been working on getting the dirt trails as level as possible for the past week. "We've been trying to get the trails level because people shouldn't have to be walking up and down slopes. There may be some hills and valleys, but it will be as level as possible," Arthur said. According to Arthur, the trail the street department is creating begins near Wabash BBQ, goes beneath the overpass, crosses over Hickory Street to the old CMU plant (where the ramp will be located) and will lead to the old prison site. Arthur said the trail is about a 1.5 miles one way (about three miles down and back); however, the city hopes to be able to extend the trail further east of Wabash BBQ and further around the old prison site in the future. Arthur said a good amount of work still lies ahead for he and his crew. Once the trails are level and mowed down, they will spray the trails to keep the grass from growing. A base rock will be put down and packed down tight then small limestone chips will cover the trails. Arthur said the trail will look similar to the walking trails through Simpson Park. The trails will be 10 feet wide and Arthur is planning to have a sign placed every one-tenth of a mile telling the walker / biker how far he or she has gone. Arthur said he hopes to have the trails open by mid-summer, but weather will play a major factor in the completion date. He said rain will postpone the completion date, but if the weather cooperates he's hoping to have it done much sooner than mid-summer. City Administrator Ike Holland said the idea of having a walking / biking trail through Chillicothe has been around a long time. Last year, donations from local entities were made to make the trail possible. Holland said the trail will be beneficial to residents who like to run, walk or bike on a regular basis, and he hopes it will also be used by visitors of Chillicothe as well. Holland describes the trail as a "community asset." The goal is that if people use the trail and the city receives positive feedback, people will request that the system be extended to other areas, and, possibly, around the city's perimeter and connecting the city's parks. Holland said it could take a long time to reach this goal however, possibly 10 years or so.

Four-Mile Path to be Developed This Winter
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY
December 8, 2015

The city of Chillicothe plans to develop a four-mile biking/walking trail extending from the old Wabash railroad depot area (Wabash BBQ) and looping around the old women's prison on Third Street. Chillicothe City Council members gave City Administrator Ike Holland the go-ahead to work with the city's street department to develop the trail during the winter months. The administrator stated that the old prison will be torn down within the next 90 to 120 days and that he'd like to start getting a trail carved out around the property.

The trail would be a dirt trail with a hard clay rock on top that would create a semi-hard surface. The trail would extend from the Wabash depot, to the city utilities building on Water Works Road, and then to the old prison. The trail is planned to go along the railroad tracks and come in on the back side of the old prison and have a half-mile to three-quarters of a mile loop at the old prison. Much of the railroad tracks are in place along the route but are rarely used. The hiking/biking trail will be 50 to 75 feet away or farther from the tracks at most areas along the path. The path would travel along the railroad and be on city rights-of-way, prison property or a combination of city-owned land and city-owned rights-of-way and easement. The city would need to rent a bulldozer to do the work, Holland stated. The trail is approximately four miles, round-trip and would cross just Elm Street in the beginning and Hickory Street near the utilities building.

This path is part of a hiking/biking trail system plan developed some time ago by the city's contracted engineering firm Shafer, Kline and Warren. The goal is that if people use the trail and the city receives positive feedback, people will request that the system is extended to other areas and, possibly, around the city's perimeter and connecting the city's parks, Holland said. The goal is to have the trail completed by spring.

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