With much of the main road work nearing completion on the $8 million, 1.2 mile widening project on U.S. 25, crews from the Allen Company began working on the shared use path that stretches along the road to the Berea Bypass.
City officials say the project is still on track for a completion this month. The entire venture included installing drainage and sewer infrastructure on both sides of the road, and it eliminated ditches on the east and west side, allowing for the installation of sidewalks and the shared use path. The asphalt path will serve as a link to other shared use paths in Berea. City officials are currently awaiting word from the state on whether to go ahead with the design of Phase II of the Berea Bypass.
In the meantime, city officials say the U.S. 25 widening project will greatly benefit the city because it will make that gateway into Berea more attractive, and it will resolve some safety issues, such as replacing the ditches along the side of the road with new drainage.
As construction continues, Berea City Council member Jim Davis urged citizens to continue supporting businesses along U.S. 25 that may be affected by the project.