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Key phase of Towpath Trail expansion moves forward
The project is expected to begin next spring
by WKSU's ALISON RITCHIE


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Alison Ritchie
 

A key phase of the Towpath Trail that cuts through Northeast Ohio is moving forward. The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission has approved $500,000 dollars in state funding to extend more than half a mile of the trail into Cleveland. The money will also help restore surrounding areas of the Cuyahoga River Valley. The project is expected to begin this spring and finish the following year in 2013.

Tim Donovan is director of the Ohio Canal Corridor – one of the four groups spearheading the project that has been more than a decade in the making. 

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The Towpath Trail follows the paths of old railroad tracks and the Ohio canals to create a hiking and biking corridor that will eventually go from Cleveland down to Zoar. Donovan says extending the final 5 miles of the trail into Cleveland will be the most difficult part of the project because available land is limited and much of it is old industrial properties. 

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