Proposals sought for trail connectivity project

Local gift helped project progress

TIFFIN, Ohio – July 8, 2022 – Today, the City of Tiffin has begun advertising for sealed proposals related to the Tiffin Trail Connectivity Project, which though a private donation is ahead of schedule to be completed. The project includes pavement striping and signage to connect the City’s existing trails and parks.

The project scope involves shared lane markings and signage being installed on 11.4 miles of roadway creating a safe and connected bicycle route through the City of Tiffin. The proposed completion date for the project is Oct. 1, 2022.

Through the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership’s “Dream Big Tiffin” process, City Administration with the City Engineer’s Office and Parks and Recreation Department were connected to local businessman and philanthropist Andrew Kalnow, who had a vision to develop a “Tiffin River Trail.” This public-private partnership supports both the “Tiffin River Trail” concept as well as the City of Tiffin’s Active Transportation Plan, which was approved by City Council in April 2019.

To support the project, Kalnow has donated nearly $126,000, which covers 80 percent of the costs associated with the river portion of the trail, but altogether covers nearly 50 percent of the anticipated total cost.

The City of Tiffin hopes to continue to develop their trail system following this project which will promote more off road bicycle and pedestrian trails, a potential trail hub and scenic river overlooks which will create a destination and promote economic growth and quality of life.

City Engineer Matt Watson said, “This project has been a five-year goal of the City Engineer’s Office, and I’m very happy to see that we’ll have this completed ahead of schedule this year.”

Acting Mayor Bridget Boyle said, “We greatly appreciate Mr. Kalnow’s gift, which, like the East Green, goes a long way toward improving our community while greatly reducing the cost to our taxpayers.”

OHM Advisors of Columbus and the City Engineer’s Office teamed up to design the project. Proposals are due at 11 a.m. July 25. For more information, visit www.tiffinohio.gov or click here.