Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission’s public information meeting on June 26 at Crossville Village Hall about their bike path study was met with mixed emotions from the public.
The Navigator previously reported on GWRPC’s bike path study on June 5. Essentially the bike path project is a feasibility study that looks into what it would cost and how much effort would be required to construct a bike path from the Rest Up RV Corral in Grayville to New Harmony, Ind.
Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission Grant Writer Mike Gill opened up the public information meeting about their bike path study by inviting public comment.
“We are thrilled to have so many people here today; we want to get the word out. We want this to be a two-way street, and we want to get feedback.”
Gill described what the bike path study proposes and asked if his explanation raised any questions or concerns.
Crossville mayor Henry Feldmann started up the public comments.
“Mike, how much is this going to cost?”
When the Navigator initially sat down for an interview with Gill, he stated that a representative from Illinois Department of Transportation suggested the GWRPC work off of an estimate of $1 million per mile of path.
The bike path plots a route that’s roughly 15 miles long; this means that the estimated total would be $15 million for the path alone—this was the initial number that the Navigator reported.
However, the estimated cost that was shared at the June 26 meeting in Crossville was over twice that amount.
Responding to Crossville’s mayor, Gill reported, “To do the full project—this is not a detailed engineering estimate—it would be $33.5 million.”
Gill had passed out handouts for the public to look at that broke down the specifics for the cost of the path, and the full path would cost $33,548,004.
The section running from Grayville to Crossville would cost $10,599,150 with $7.2 million of that allocated toward the path itself.
The portion of the path running from Crossville to New Harmony would cost $22,948,854. This portion of the bike path is where people’s mixed emotions are derived from.
As the bike path turns from Crossville towards New Harmony, the path would no longer be able to utilize the old railroad path.
Gill noted that due to there being a lack of sufficient space along Route 14’s shoulder, the bike path’s owners would have to purchase land alongside Route 14 and build a 3-foot path.
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