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Old 08-16-22, 07:33 AM
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Sandusky (OH) lands grant to expand bikeway

Well, unlike some other bike news in Ohio that's not as pleasant, this was nice to read...

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Traveling to Cedar Point and the rest of Sandusky from the Cleveland area should get easier in a few years, thanks to the rebuilding of U.S. 6 east of the city, which was awarded a major $24.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.The funding, announced last week, will also make it easier to bike into and around town.

The grant, part of the competitive Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program, will fund improvements along a six-mile stretch of U.S. 6 (Cleveland Road) from U.S. 250 to Rye Beach Road and Ohio 2, east of town.

It will also pay for an extension of the Sandusky Bay Pathway, a multi-use trail along the waterfront that will eventually connect downtown Sandusky east to Huron. It currently runs about 4 miles inside Sandusky city limits.

Both projects are also being funded through additional state and local sources. Completion is expected in 2025 or 2026.

Sandusky City Manager Eric Wobser said the improvements should make the city a better place to live and visit, by increasing lakefront access and connecting waterfront communities. “I think that it’s transformation for our entire region,” he said.

Both the bike path and U.S. 6 will connect with a new Cedar Point Causeway, the 1.5-mile bridge that travels over Sandusky Bay to the Cedar Point Peninsula and the amusement park. The causeway is also being rebuilt as part of a deal announced last year between Sandusky and the park.

Eventually, Wobser said, residents and visitors staying in the city will be able to bicycle to and from Cedar Point.

In addition, he said, the road work should make it easier for vehicular traffic to get in and out of the park, particularly on busy weekends, when traffic tie-ups are common.

The U.S. 6 project will include road widening, new turn lanes and the replacement of five existing intersections with roundabouts. The Sandusky project was one of 166 projects nationwide to receive federal RAISE funding.
Source: https://www.cleveland.com/business/2...d-bikeway.html
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That is good news. I live near Dayton but look forward to future bike path adventures in northern Ohio.
I did several Canadian extended tours in my teens & early 20’s & took the Pelee Island ferry from Ontario back onshore @ Sandusky… we were headed down to either Findlay or Upper Sandusky or Fostoria (I forget which one) & I just remember biking for miles on the Cedar Point private property. The signs saying you were on their land struck me as creepy at the time, like we were trespassing or something. Back in the late 70’s/early 80’s cyclists were more of an after thought.
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