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New stretch of path for pedestrians, bikers


Bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists will no longer compete for the same piece of pavement after a new sidewalk and bikeway along Andrews Drive opens this fall. "We can't wait for the path to be completed," says Ed Wolf, president of student government.

A. Sue Weisler | photographer

The span of Andrews Drive between Wiltsie Drive and Gleason Circle will soon be safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

Construction began this spring on the south loop multi-use trail project. Once work is completed—anticipated by this fall—a 10-foot-wide asphalt sidewalk and bikeway along the northern (inner) side of Andrews Drive will connect existing walkways near Wiltsie Drive and Gleason Circle.

As part of the project, sub-surface drainage lines are being installed between the walkway and Andrews Drive. Retaining walls will minimize the disturbance of adjacent wetland areas, according to Jan Reich, interim director of RIT Facilities Management Services.

The entire project, costing $465,000, has been in the works for a few years.

“We have been planning this project in consultation with Student Government, which identified this section as top priority to extend our separated walkway system,” says Jim Yarrington, director of campus planning, design and construction.

Adds Ed Wolf, student government president: “The path will vastly improve safety along the back loop as we move bikers and runners off the road and onto a designated path. Hopefully, this will also encourage more people to utilize the back loop for recreational purposes.”

Michael Saffran

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