County approves projects for parking lots, walking path

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 8:00 pm

Richland County commissioners recently approved bids for three separate projects to be completed, hopefully sometime this fall.

The first project is paving the parking lot at the MSU Eastern Ag Research Center/Extension facility.

Commissioner Loren Young explains when the county originally talked to MSU officials about the building of the facility, the county agreed to take care of the parking area.

The parking lot project is currently under way. “They’re putting down pretty much asphalt there for parking,” Young said. “It’s something that just needs to be done.”

The commissioners also approved asphalt parking near the Richland County Fair Event Center as well as the area at the fairgrounds designated for Department of Transportation testing.

Commissioners explain the paving will include near the front of the Event Center and then paving to Fifth Street and the highway.

Designers are making sure the area for DOT testing is designed so that runoff after a rainstorm doesn’t hinder events in the fair’s arena.

Also, commissioners approved funding to expand the walking/bike path to the armory. The county is adding 3,900 feet to the path that when completed will go all the way from near Sidney High School to the armory.

“If the weather holds well into the fall, it will be done this fall,” Young said.