The city of Delaware has increased the ranking of the multi-use trail to help connect Bruce Road with Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Bruce Road path is now No. 10 on the priority list of 15 projects after receiving public input and petitions during the course of five meetings. The Gazette incorrectly reported the trail’s ranking on Wednesday.
Parks and Natural Resources Director Ted Miller said residents in that area were walking or bicycling down U.S. 23 to downtown, which could be dangerous in some areas.
“As a major safety concern we took a different perspective [on] rating that pathway,” he said.
But Miller said there is a lot of flexibility with the plan and that rankings do indicate the order of which projects would be carried out first over the next five years. He said advancing projects would be driven by development and grants.
Emma Mirles, the most vocal trail supporter from the Bruce Road area, submitted 282 signatures to City Council in April and May.
“I feel very confident that this project was definitely advanced to the top 10 spot, not just on paper but in consciousness, to send a signal about the importance of safety,” she said. “I am ecstatic and definitely trying to brainstorm ways of helping to raise the money.”
Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.