Greenway paving delayed

LISBON — The Columbiana County Park District will delay until next year repaving parts of the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail after the board voted to reject the sole bid received for the project.

“The only bid we received was 25 percent over the engineer’s estimate of probable cost,” board chairman Tom Butch said. “We will rebid this contract at a later date, hoping to get a more competitive bid then.”

The district last year was awarded a $142,860 grant by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to repave the section of the trail between Leetonia and Franklin Square, a distance of just over a mile. The pavement to be replaced was first laid in 2004 and 2005.

Under terms of the award, the park district has to put up a 20 percent match, or about $30,000, as well as anything over the combined amount of the grant and its own money.

“We might also get more bidders participating if we offer it early next year,” Butch said.

The Greenway Trail attracts an estimated 200,000 users each year, board members say. The trail’s first eight miles, from Lisbon to Franklin Square, were laid in 1999. After expanding to Leetonia, the trail was extended again in 2013 to Washingtonville, taking it to its current length of 12 miles.

Last month, the park district announced it had been awarded a $682,323 federal grant to extend the trail three miles in Lisbon from Moore Street to the Day’s Inn at the state Route 11 interchange, filling in a key piece in a regional plan to create a bike trail from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.