UPDATE: The pandemic and COVID restrictions halted the construction of Camden’s new Walking Path in 2020, but construction is tentatively set to begin in Spring 2021. The new Walking Path will be constructed on the property east of and along Route 127 from South Street at the south end of the village limits to Camden Road to the north. (The path will be located approximately 30-40 feet from the fenced boundary of the village.)
The construction is being funded by a portion of a $500,000 grant received from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Camden Council will continue to seek additional grant funding to extend the walking path from Camden Road to the intersection of Route 127 and N. Main Street to completely a walking loop of the entire village.
BACKGROUND: In 2020, Camden was awarded a $500K grant from the ODNR to construct a walking path in the now-grassy area along 127, and for improvements to the intersection of 127 and 725.
From the Register Herald article “The $500,000 ODNR grant will pay for construction of a 10-foot-wide asphalt walking path along the northbound side of U.S. 127, between South St and Camden Rd, according to Wilson. The path will bisect a grassy area between the shoulder of Route 127 and the boundary of the village proper, and will also include small bridges spanning creeks and ditches that would otherwise obstruct the route. The project was expected to break ground in the spring, but the COVID-19 pandemic and issues has delayed the start. The village still hopes to have it completed over the summer 2020.
The ODOT grant will also pay for improvements to the intersection of U.S. 127 and Ohio 725. During its June 6, 2019 meeting, Camden’s council voted unanimously to pay Sidney-based Choice One Engineering $18,500 to conduct a traffic study at the intersection, as well as to solicit grant funds for possible improvements.”