NORTH CANTON A proposed project could bring a new way to connect walkers and bicyclers to the Hoover Park Connector Trail.


The proposed $1.875 million project would construct an 8-foot-wide multi-use path on the north side of East Maple Street from Marquardt Avenue to about 600-feet west of Market Avenue where it will connect to the trail.


The work includes building a 400-foot standard sidewalk on the south side of East Maple Street to connect the west entrance gate and center entrance gate of Walsh University.


The Stark County Engineer’s Office also will rehabilitate the East Maple Street bridge over the Nimishillen Creek.


The bridge work will require the road to be closed for up to 60 days between Marquardt Avenue and Walsh Avenue. Drivers will still have access to adjacent properties and intersecting side streets. The closure will not cause significant traffic disruptions, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Transportation and North Canton.


The project will require the acquisition of minor right-of-ways to complete work. as well as a 0.21-acre road easement from the Hoover Recreation Complex to build the path and create access from the complex to the path compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.


The project will not impact ball fields or other improvements at the complex, which will be fully accessible during construction, according to the release.


The project is expected to start this spring and wrap up by fall.


It will not have any substantial environmental impacts, according to the release.


North Canton is requesting that any comments about the proposoal or environmental impacts be submitted by Jan. 30 to City Engineer Rob Graham at City Hall or rgraham@northcantonohio.gov.


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