A project meant to connect the Mill Creek Bike Trail with the Canfield Township Park is "officially dead" according to a Canfield Township Trustee.

Township Trustee and Chair, Brian Governor tells 21 News the main reason for the cancelation of the project is rising costs.

Originally, this project was projected to cost about $496,000. Since then, Governor tells us the cost has rose a quarter of a million dollars and has gone up to roughly $750,000. 

"We had pretty much exhausted all the grant money available for this project so the rest would have had to come from the taxpayers," Governor said. 

Governor went on to say that he did not want to place that burden on the taxpayers.

At this time, Governor is "working diligently" with township officials to find a way to repurpose the grant money that was to be used for this project.

Governor tells us the idea for this project came to be when Township Administrator, Keith Rogers noticed a small child that was almost hit by a semi walking from the Old Northfield Church parking lot to the bike trail.

"There's no sidewalks or anything there," Governor said.

The Mill Creek trail was originally supposed to split and run along back property into the Canfield Township Park to prevent future incidents like this and provide an alternative route to the bike trail.

Governor says he intends for the grant money to go towards alternative methods of addressing this problem.