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Struthers closes Stavich Bike Trail for repair

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Cyclists will have to look somewhere else to ride other than the Stavich Bike Trail in Struthers.

City Safety Service Director Edward Wildes announced on Wednesday that the Stavich Trail is temporarily closing off Route 289.

Mayor Terry Stocker tells 21 News that parts of the trail are eroding near a culvert that passes under the pavement and the city wants to make sure no one is injured.

The mayor expects the repairs to take a couple of weeks.  

Word of the closure comes just two days after Lowellville Mayor James Iuduciani put out a call to several towns across the Valley to come up with money to repair the trail.

The Lowellville section alone needs funding of $500,000 to make repairs.

Lowellville is trying to obtain the license agreement switched to the village from the Stavich Foundation from the property owner First Energy. 

Lowellville will apply for ODOT TAP Grants only if it can become the licensee from First Energy within the village limits.  

TAP grants are a 80/20 funding split. Plus the application has to be two phases ($250,000 each).

The application is due by 8/31/17 and the license agreement has to be in place by this deadline. 

The Poland Township section and the Struthers sections also need to be improved. 

The vision, according to Mayor Iuduciani,  is to repair the trail from the PA line to Struthers where it ends, with the hopes it can be turned over to the Mill Creek Park system once it is brought up to their specifications.

Mill Creek Park could apply for TAP funds or other grants to extend it through Struthers, Campbell, and into Youngstown to tie into Mill Creek Park. 

Lowellville is requesting Poland Township and Struthers to partner in the license agreement. 

The other option is for Lowellville to purchase all three sections of the trail and apply for grants via Phase 1-2-3, according to Mayor Iuduciani.

 

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