Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Dr. Jack Marchbanks announced last week that ODOT will invest $51 million into new traffic safety improvement projects to specifically address an increase in pedestrian-involved traffic crashes and fatal roadway departures on state and local roads.
The City of Bowling Green’s Highway Safety Improvement Program application was selected for funding, securing $1.2 million for a shared use path to connect the Community Center with the Bowling Green High School and Cogan’s Crossing, functioning as a link to residential roads and neighborhoods. A shared use path provides a travel area separate from motorized traffic for bicyclists, pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, joggers, and other users. The 10-foot wide shared use path will further the City’s complete streets efforts and will build infrastructure identified as a route on both TMACOG’s 2045 On the Move Update and the designated U.S. Bike Route 25 through Bowling Green.
ODOT will release the funding to the City over the next three years, covering 90% of the cost of this project. The phases of the project will include design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction. The goal is to have the project completed by the end of 2026.
Map of Planned Shared Use Path: