Goodale St. Bike Ramp Project Moving Forward
A bike ramp connecting the Olentangy River bike trail from Goodale Street on the southern end of Harrison West will begin construction early this fall. The project was scheduled to begin in August but fell behind when bids exceeded the $4.3 million the city had budgeted for this project. The city expects to open new bids in late June, which will put the project about six weeks behind.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, the ramp will include a flat, covered overlook where cyclists can pause to watch activity on the trail below. A stretch of sidewalk on the north side of Goodale will be widened to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists. The ramp will improve access for cyclists traveling to and from Grandview Heights, Harrison West and the Arena District, constituencies that have grown since the trail was developed a decade ago.
You may recall that Harrison West received funding from the city of Columbus under the development department’s 2012 Urban Infrastructure Recovery Fund (UIRF) Program to extent the Olentangy Trail Connector through Harrison West from the south end of Harrison Park to Goodale Street along the Olentangy River and behind Superior Beverage and Geer Gas. The Goodale Street bike ramp is a separate project from the Harrison West connector, but together, the two projects will provide trail users with access point to our neighborhood without having to rely on city streets or engage with the truck traffic that is common in the south end of Harrison West.