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The Scioto Hilltop Connector Bike Bridge Opens to The Public

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The Scioto Hilltop Connector Bridge officially opened up to the public with a ceremony earlier this afternoon. This new bike bridge is a part of the larger Bicentennial Bikeways Plan that is adding 540 miles of bike paths, bike lanes, shared lane markings and more.

The bridge itself connects several west side neighborhoods including Westgate, Highland West Valleyview and The Hilltop with the Scioto Trail system that links up to Grandview Heights and continues along the riverfront into Downtown.

Below are several photos of the new bridge and the trails surrounding it.

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  • rory

    I know what me and the Gitane are doing tomorrow.

  • Analogue Kid

    Great photos, thanks Walker.

  • futureman

    Not to sure about this “Scioto Trail system that links up to Grandview Heights and continues along the riverfront into Downtown”. You make it sound like you can take this bridge into downtown, but you can’t. It dead ends at grandview ave, to a road that is falling apart and everyone driving 45mph+. It’s an awful road to ride a bike on.
    Now, when they finally complete the section from grandview ave to water treatment plant on 33 that will all change!

  • cbus11

    It will be great when they link that all up.

  • rory

    So the bridge is beyond where the trail ends coming out of downtown? I couldn’t find it without getting on Dublin Rd which I think is a death wish on a bicycle.

    Ok, the google satellite solved the mystery. It’s kind of like a bridge to nowhere until it gets linked up. Next time I’ll take an inner tube for the river portion and I won’t have to turn back at the water plant.

  • Yeah, sorry about the confusion. There’s a chunk of the trail into Downtown that’s not 100% complete yet.

  • More on the missling links:

    Two sections of multi-use path will add connections in the Columbus leg of the Ohio To Erie
    Trail and Scioto Trail are scheduled to be completed during the next two years:
    * Beginning this year, the Recreation and Parks Department will construct a section of the Scioto Trail connecting Rivers Edge Corporate Center and West 5th Avenue, with completion scheduled in 2012. The Department of Public Service is assisting in the design of the project
    * In 2012, ODOT is scheduled to begin construction a section of the Scioto Trail and Ohio To Erie Trail between 910 Dublin Road and the I-670 westbound exit ramp to Grandview Avenue. Construction of this section is scheduled for completion in 2013.
    8/12/2011 – Here’s the Press Release – Mayor Coleman, City Council Member Klein, ODOT, MORPC and Consider Biking Open Scioto Hilltop Connector Bridge, Bikeways Pavement Markings and Signs

  • GViewProgrammer

    Can’t wait to check it out, how do I get to it from GView? I live on Broadview can I get to it from the path that goes near spring? Or Go I have to catch it somewhere else?

  • cc

    Bike down Grandview Ave, across the street (east side) from the Watermark apartments but before it leads to the highway you will see the beginings of the path. It is a mess now, but there is a lot of promise.

  • kessler

    @Gviewprogrammer. -Take Broadview south, turn left on Goodale, turn Right on Grandview go until you see the 670 interchange. (Look for the Gas station being built by the exit ramp the Trail is between it and the exiting traffic. Note. do not go through the 1st light at that interchange as it is right next to the gas station)

  • rory

    It will be nice when’s it’s done. I’m glad the city is picking away at connecting everything.

  • bscncol

    …agree with everyone that this will be really nice when completed.  Right now though it’s a bit of a dead end.  You can however figure out how to pick up the various trails if your not opposed to riding some streets that aren’t as busy and are in some of the neighborhoods that are adjoining to the trails.
    For people that don’t mind a slight bit of street riding here’s how I pick up the Olentangy Trail from this path.  I live at the end of 5th Avenue and pick up this bridge by riding on McKinley Avenue.
    — Take the path to it’s end at Grandview Avenue
    — Cross Grandview Avenue and ride through the Watermark complex on Watermark Drive
    — At the end of Watermark Drive, cross SR33/Dublin Grandview Road to Urlin Avenue
    — Ride Uriln until it hits Goodale Blvd, turn right on Goodale Blvd
    — Ride Goodale all the way down to Olentangy River Road and take a left, traffic on Goodale is mild and there is a nice multi-use path on Olentangy River Road in front of the new TimeWarner and James Cancer Center buildings
    — Cross Olentangy River Road at Third and pick up the Olentangy Trail from there
    Depending on where you want to go you can head North and ride all the way up to Worthington or head South and pickup the Scioto Trail at Confluence Park.

  • Parker

    The more of the city they can connect by bike, the better! The bridge doesn’t go anywhere now, but will be a real nice addition to the system when it meets up with the rest of the trails. Thanks for the pics!

  • cc

    It still shaves some time for people going from Valleyview, the North Hilltop and Westgate to get into Grandview. Obviously that missing section will add a lot.

  • futureman

    This is then entrance from Grandview Ave –

    Would be nice if they could at least cut the curb so you don’t have to dismount to get on the trail. I’ve also run into cars being parked on the trail underneath 670.

  • HogRoaster

    I don’t know the whole story, but my understanding of the way this went down kinda stinks:

    1) The city got some federal funds for a bike bridge and had to decide whether to connect the existing two trails (downtown to Dublin Rd power plant, Grandview Ave to River’s Edge) OR build this connecting bridge to the Hilltop area.

    2) After the Hilltop connector was built, it would be OBVIOUS that the connector bridge from Dublin road to Grandview Ave had to be built….otherwise the Hilltop bridge was kind of a wasted project.

    3) City funds now HAVE to be used to build the Dublin Rd to Grandview Ave trail/bridge, when this project could have been funded with the initial federal funds.  The fear was that it would be a harder sell to use city funds to build the expensive Hilltop connector.

    While I’m happy for the Westside and Hilltop residents who now get easier access to a (2 mile) path, it kinda stinks that politics got in the way and delayed the completion — for at least 2 years — of a longer path, which many more people could functionaly use.

  • josiecat

    How disappointing to read that this a bike path to nowhere currently. Watching it being built was so exciting. My boyfriend and I were hoping it was going to be our gateway from our home in Franklinton to the trails startng in London without having to drive there. It’s so easy to get the Olentangy River trail down McKinley but to any other trail not so much.

  • It’s not really a path/bridge to “nowhere” though, is it? It sounds like the path connectors aren’t complete, but there are street paths that are very easily accessible on both ends.

    Is that really any different than other existing bike paths that have sections where you switch to street riding during certain portions?

  • HogRoaster

    Walker, if you’re referencing, say, the Olentangy trail at North Broadway, then yes — it’s completely different.  They have 25 MPH speed limits, bike friendly streets, and even a bike crossing STOPLIGHT that senses when bikes are waiting to cross North Broadway.  Dublin Road is a 4 line dragstrip.  You can’t even make a left turn off of it to access businesses on the north side of the road when heading eastbound (towards downtown) near the engineer’s office.

  • Spaceboy64

    Is there a map of this available somewhere? I had heard about a bike bridge last year but couldn’t find it. It would be nice to have a better path from the Hilltop to Goodale Park.

  • Here’s the location via Google maps. It’s the small white bridge just south of 670:


  • UrbanPlanner2112

    It’s a good thing that this project didn’t involve any rails; it might never have happened. (j/k!) :D

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