Construction on the final downtown stage of the Towpath Trail in Cleveland is expected to begin this June and be completed by the end of 2020.
Once completed, the Towpath will run from New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County, through Massillon, Akron, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and finally to Cleveland and Lake Erie.
Independence Excavating, Inc. will handle the $8.9 million construction project.
The fourth stage will begin at Literary Avenue in Cleveland, where the third stage is being completed now with landscaping.
The final piece of the trail will go west along University Road in Tremont and under the George V. Voinovich Bridge, then wind its way through the Flats. A small section in Tremont has already been completed by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The entirety of this section will end at Canal Basin Park, a future project.
The fourth stage of the Towpath will be scenic and family-friendly, with several design and landscaping features: a pocket park; scenic overlooks; picnic space. It will also link with the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail.