Stark Parks seeks input on its tunnel project

CANTON, Ohio – The Stark County Park District is proposing to build a tunnel along the Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor in Bethlehem Township in southern Stark County.

The Ohio and Erie Canal Railroad Tunnel project will be approximately one-half mile north of Route 212 on the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath and under the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad.

Funding for the project is from a Transportation and Community System Preservation Pilot Program.

Construction of the project will begin in the summer or fall of 2001 and end next year. The project site is remotely located at least one-half mile from the nearest road.

About the tunnel.

Special provisions or access agreements may be needed with surrounding property owners. The construction of the proposed underpass will require tunneling through existing fill material.

It is estimated that a tunnel of approximately 150 linear feet and 15 feet in diameter will be required. A crushed limestone surface will cover the trail, and a guardrail will be provided through the tunnel.

Send your comments.

The Stark County Park District is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental and economic impacts of the proposed project.

Environmental impacts include such things as architectural and archeological resources, ecological resources, hazardous material locations and the general location of the project.

Written comments concerning the project may be mailed to Bob Fonte, Director, Stark County Park District, 5300 Tyner St. N.W., Canton, OH 44708. Stark Parks can also be contacted at 330-477-3552. All comments must be postmarked by July 13.

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