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Fencing at New Bike Trail Bridge is Permanent

Railroad requires barrier against attempted crossing of tracks

Fencing along the Portage Hike and Bike Trail at the new pedestrian bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Kent is permanent. Credit: Marilyn Sessions
Fencing along the Portage Hike and Bike Trail at the new pedestrian bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Kent is permanent. Credit: Marilyn Sessions
Kent residents eagerly await the official opening of the new pedestrian bridge adjacent to the Fairchild Avenue Bridge.

While they wait, some trail enthusiasts are asking why there's no link to the new bridge from the east side of the Cuyahoga River near the intersection of Crain Avenue, Lake and North Water streets.

In October 2012 Kent Patch explained why there is no connection to the trail and users are instead forced to cross the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge to access the new pedestrian bridge, which links to The Portage Hike and Bike Trail heading east towards Beckwith Orchards.

In short, the Akron-Barberton Cluster Railway would not permit another at-grade crossing of the railroad tracks.

So, essentially for now users of the trail are barred from directly accessing the trail from the Lake Street area or from leaving the trail to access that area of the city without first using the new pedestrian bridge to cross the river and then crossing back over via the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! August 04, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Oddly, that officer, who happens to enforce the laws, said NOTHING about trespassing or accessing the hike and bike trail illegally. And tell me, in and around Kent, how many people have been hit by trains? Excluding the poor kids who committed suicide. People get hit, but they get hit far more often by cars who don't respect pedestrians crossing the street.
Freezing Rain August 05, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Ownership is slavery. Property is murder. Noam Chomsky.
Desmo August 05, 2013 at 07:27 AM
Yes, people do get hit - and there is no need to increase the chance of being one of those people. If the problem becomes big enough, you can bet that the police officers will start enforcing trasspassing laws at the request of the railroad. I mean, come on...in an era where people sue for slipping on ice in winter (duh), one can only image what can be concocted in a courtroom to put blame on the railroad for someone being hit. I know it seems like common sense to get off of the tracks when a train is coming, but common sense is not very common. Because of this, these projects have to be built for THAT person. You are correct about pedestrian vs. cars, but that's a whole different subject. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Some Smart Guy.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! August 05, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Once again, back to lawyers being the worst thing to happen to mankind. And I do agree, common sense is not very common. Like the people who hang out and toy with the river when they themselves can't swim. Doesn't make for the best end to a summer day.
Benjamin J. Plough August 06, 2013 at 06:40 AM
That particular stretch of track runs one three-car train daily, going about 15 mph.

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