Just rode it today for the first time in quite a while. The old / existing path seemed like it was in perfectly good shape with some spots that needed maintenance. Rode through today and the new path is narrower (too narrow to ride side by side on one side) and less smooth and the lines look like they were laid down by a largely intoxicated crew (although to be fair they followed the asphalt profile perfectly)
Meanwhile the part of the path that bypasses the street & sidewalk is apparently unfinished. I think that part would be much more useful.
I just think it's odd how our broke state/cities spend money, that's all. Generators running and powering lights with nobody there (in broad daylight) speaks of clear fiscal responsibility to me although I don't know the nature of the contract and who's paying for the lights.