Action Needed: Maple City Greenway Underpass Project at Risk

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Action Needed: Maple City Greenway Underpass Project at Risk

If you use Goshen’s Maple City Greenway, the bike/pedestrian trail along the Mill Race, please take note: according to the Elkhart Truth and a variety of local sources. This issue will be decided this coming Tuesday, May 5th, at 7:00 p.m. at 111 E. Jefferson in Goshen. It boils down to budget concerns and others throwing out the “safety” concerns of a tunnel. I believe the safety concerns of bicyclist/pedestrian injury or death are far more realistic, given what I’ve been told about the well-designed project. Please see details here: Goshen City Council puts brakes on pedestrian underpass.   See more below the separator.

Let’s make a good showing of support and continue this long awaited project. 

Julia King recently sent a letter to the editor of the Elkhart Truth about this matter. Here is the content of that letter:

On May 5, the Goshen City Council will vote on whether to proceed with a plan to create a safe passage under Plymouth for bikes and pedestrians traveling North and South on the Millrace path.

It’s obvious that the crossing at Plymouth is dangerous (anyone who doesn’t know this hasn’t tried to cross the road at high traffic times – especially from the South). But aside from the increased safety a bike/pedestrian underpass would provide, there are good economic reasons to proceed with the project.  

The city has already spent several years saving money specifically for this underpass, has secured a grant to fund 80% of the cost, and has paid a large sum for design. Finally, construction bids are low right now due to the economy.

Goshen has wisely invested not only in a bike path, but in the recreation area that includes Shanklin Park andthe Reith Interpretive Center.  An underpass will connect these popular community resources, considerably boosting the power of our dollars.

Goshen residents should encourage City Council to spend responsibly – AND to save lives.

By | 2009-05-02T14:54:06+00:00 May 2nd, 2009|Categories: Advocacy, Infrastructure|4 Comments