Grant will allow bikeway to be built on Huffman Dam, officials say

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Grant will allow bikeway to be built on Huffman Dam, officials say

Cyclists will soon be able to ride on top of the Huffman Dam with ease as a nearly $325,000 renovation project was announced by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday. 

After receiving a Clean Ohio Trails grant at around $244,000, the Miami Conservancy District is set to build a 0.6 mile trail section for bikers, officials said in a press release. The path is set to be complete as early as this year. 

MCD manager for watershed partnerships Sarah Hippensteel Hall says the roadway on top of the dam is bumpy and in poor condition but knows that bikers still find the path useful. 

"Now we can remove the old road and build a proper bike trail that will provide a smooth ride and allow better access between the Mad River Trail and the north side of the dam near the entrance to Huffman MetroPark," Hippensteel Hall said in the release. 

The trail will run from the intersection of the Mad River Bike Trail and Wright Brothers-Huffman Prairie Bikeway to Lower Valley Pike, near the entrance to Huffman MetroPark, according to MCD. 

A former roadway on top of the dam has been closed to vehicular traffic for several years and the renovation project will provide cyclists with an easier ride.

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