PATH Construction Moves Along

2/19/2013 / Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- On days like Monday, when temperatures reached the mid-50s under sunny skies, plenty of people hit Ritter Park and the sidewalks of Huntington to get in a little walking, running or biking.

In numerous parts of the city, work also continues on sections of the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health, which will expand the offerings for those who like to hit the outdoors.

The most visible projects are taking place between Guyandotte and Altizer, where the Department of Transportation is working on a concrete section that goes under the new 5th Avenue bridge.

Charles Holley, the director of development and planning for the city of Huntington, said the section extends from the Guyandotte boat launch to the bridge at Special Metals that connects back to U.S. 60. The trail, most of the which is crushed limestone, follows along Riverside Drive and then crosses over and follows the floodwall.

"The sections we picked to start with, we did so to draw some attention to PATH," Holley said. "To build momentum and continue."

Other areas under construction include a connector between Harveytown Park and Ritter Park and several blocks on top of the floodwall in West Huntington.

He said the sections are scheduled to be complete by the end of April, just in time for spring. The trails also will include large kiosk signs that include trail maps and other information. Two of those are slated for the Guyandotte section, he said.

Other portions are currently under design or being considered, including a loop around Altizer Park like the one constructed in 2012 at St. Cloud Commons.

A community group called Friends of PATH, has been set up to field questions, take requests and coordinate PATH cleanup events, among other things. The next meeting is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau. In the meantime, those interested in the group can contact Bethany Williams at bwilliams@njrati.org or Stacy Garrett at Stacy.Garrett.wv@gmail.com.

For more information about PATH, visit http://paulambrosetrail.org.