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New paved Franklinton trail is piece of larger recreational puzzle

Franklinton will be a lot more walkable in the next couple years. The historic neighborhood is slated to receive paved walking/cycling paths both on street and off connecting attractions, schools, parks, downtown, and over 120 miles of Central Ohio Greenways. It’ll be called the Franklinton Loop.

Construction is to begin this year and is expected to take about two years to complete.

This proposed trail is part of larger project called the Franklinton Loop Trail.

#1 SOUDER/FRANKLINTON CONNECTION 

  • Connect to the Scioto greenway trail at Souder Ave. and Dodge Park •Improve Souder bridge crossing and create a side path along Souder Ave. to Broad St.

#2 BROAD ST.

  • Connect to the future pedestrian and bicycle improvements along Broad St.

#3 EAST LOOP

  • An inner loop would extend trail into East and Central Franklinton just west of State Route 315

#4 FRANKLINTON LOOP

  • Greater loop would extend trail west into Franklinton to West Park Ave.
  • Potential for improvements of street islands as park space

#5 MOUND ST.

  • Construct trail on south side of Thomas Ave. with connections under I-70 to Mound St. and future development around Cooper Stadium

#6 ARTS DISTRICT

  • Use levee, old railroad bridge and new trail bridge to create an elevated connection to the Franklinton Arts District

#7 TRAILHEADS

  • Dodge and Confluence Parks would provide north and south trailhead access for the loop

#8 STREET CONNECTIONS

  • Proposed and existing on-street facilities provide further connections from the trail into the community

Rendering of the Souder Avenue bridge, courtesy of Columbus Recreation and Parks

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