Chessie Trail Paving Plan
The next step in the paving of the Chessie Circle Trail will be a big jump in accessibility. A 16-foot-wide path from Bowman Park (near Jackman and Laskey Rds.) south to University Hills Blvd. (near Bancroft and the University of Toledo) – about 3.5 miles. - should be paved in 2021.
The entire Chessie Circle Trail is just over 11 miles long, from densely built northwest Toledo, south to the Maumee River, and on the other side of the river, to the WW Knight Nature Preserve in Wood County. It is full of potential as a rare urban bikeway separated from vehicle traffic.
Since the purchase of railroad right-of-way in 2011, the Chessie is being improved bit by bit. The northern section between Monroe Street and Bowman Park has been graded and stoned. A section managed by Toledo Metroparks is completely paved from Glanzman Road across from Beverly Elementary School, across Detroit Avenue and more than a mile to River Road.
The next step will be a big jump in accessibility. The City of Toledo is committed to complete paving of a 16’-wide multiuse path in 2021 from Bowman Park (near Jackman and Laskey Rds.) south to University Hills Blvd. (near Bancroft and the University of Toledo) – about 3.5 miles. This project is funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding through TMACOG. The project should be finished by September, 2021. This stretch will connect to many other multiuse paths including the 3.3-mile loop around Ottawa Park, and the 7-mile University/Parks Trail which runs from UT’s main campus to Silica Rd. in Sylvania Township. The new paved Chessie section will connect grocery stores and other shopping, schools, parks, Toledo Hospital, and hundreds of residential backyards.
The next section to be built has not been identified yet. A large middle section, between University Hills Blvd. and Glanzman Rd., has portions of active rail for which Norfolk Southern has trackage rights. This section of trail right-of-way also crosses the Norfolk Southern main line which has approximately 100 trains per day. A feasibility study will have to look at options to determine the best way to cross the railroad. The Chessie Circle Coordinating Committee, which is made up of all the trail operating partners and TMACOG, will be looking at these issues and helping to resolve them.