Glenville, Scotia and county officials are looking to collaborate on a project to improve a roughly 1.2-mile section of bike trail that runs from near Jumpin’ Jack’s to Freemans Bridge Road.
The current path is not paved in all sections. It starts in the village off of Schonowee Avenue near the former wastewater treatment plant and travels to Freemans Bridge Road, ending just across the street from the Water’s Edge Lighthouse Restaurant.
Last year, there was excavation work done on the path for drainage improvements, according to Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg.
Kastberg said he tried to move the project forward last year but was not successful. He hoped to have better luck this year.
“Everybody is cooperative, but you’ve got three entities that all have to get on the same page at the same time,” he said.
Glenville workers will handle the portion of the project to improve the drainage. Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle estimated that it would cost the town about $1,500 to $2,000.
“It’s fairly wet down there by the river,” he said.
After the drainage improvements, Scotia would use its own manpower and equipment to grind up the subbase and pave the path, according to Kastberg. The village’s only cost is its existing labor.
The total price tag is roughly $35,000 and is being covered by a grant the county obtained. It should be completed in a couple of months and definitely by the end of the summer, Koetzle said.
“We’re looking forward to being able to connect the bike path from one section of the county to the other,” he said. “We believe it’s an important feature for our residents to be able to utilize the bike path.”