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Council to vote on bridge over Four Pole Creek

September 25, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Huntington City Council members will vote Monday whether to allow the design of a bridge going over the Four Pole Creek pump station, connecting two trails along the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health.

The proposed bridge would connect two levee trails from Westmoreland into West Huntington, between West 28th Street and West 31st Street.

Council members are expected to vote on a resolution, sponsored by council member Alex Vence, permitting Mayor Steve Williams to enter into an agreement facilitating the design of the bridge.

The Paul Ambrose Trail for Health, also known as PATH, is a bicycle and pedestrian trail system in Huntington with more than 18 miles of trails. It was created in 2006 to connect Huntington’s parks and to provide safe alternative transportation routes throughout the city and surrounding areas.

It was named after Dr. Paul Ambrose, a promising young physician who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Huntington native was an advocate of preventative medicine to fight obesity and worked on family health issues.

The proposed bridge would go over the pump station at Four Pole Creek and connect levee trails at the Cabell and Wayne county line.

As of now, people on the levee trail near West 31st Street have to get onto Auburn Road to go over the creek, before crossing back to the trail near West 28th Street. The proposed bridge would cut that distance by half.

PATH was created in partnership among the Ambrose family, the Rahall Transportation Institute Foundation, the city of Huntington and the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District.

In 2015, the city entered into an agreement with Rahall Transportation Institute to create an updated PATH Master Plan, which was released in July 2016.

The master plan recommended looking for ways to connect the various trail systems with a goal of providing access to PATH for all of the neighborhoods in the city.

Also during Monday’s meeting, City Council members will vote to confirm the reappointment of Randy Moore and Charley McComas to the Tri-State Transit Authority Board. During a TTA board meeting in August, Moore was appointed first-vice president, and McComas was appointed second-vice president.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.

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