State Street Project
The State Street Trail Connection Project has had a tremendous impact on the east side corridor. The new bridge and landscaping are an inviting welcome to the area for residents and visitors to our community alike. State Street now boasts a beautiful, architecturally significant bridge portal to the east side of Columbus, and the east side of Columbus is a shining representation of safe streets, pedestrian and bicycle friendly pathways, green spaces for families and visitors, economic opportunity and simply put–Columbus at its best.
Starting at the bridge and continuing all the way to Mapleton Street, the north side of State Street is boasting its first connection to the Columbus Trail System. New 8-10 foot wide concrete sidewalks, new gutters and curbs, multiple new concrete driveways at business entrances are making sidewalks multi-purpose and accessible to all.
A newly completed Trail Connection from the Gateway Node to the People Trail provides a safe and continuous passage or cyclists and pedestrians–under the State Street Bridge–from the north side of State Street to the south side of State Street. Cyclists and pedestrians no longer need to wait for traffic signals to change at the busy 5-way intersection to the State Street Bridge at 2nd and Central.
This project was made possible through the Columbus Redevelopment Commission’s investment of $6.5 million toward improvements to the State Street community and the citizens that live and work there.
Phase 2A of the project, a trail extension down State Street from McKinley Avenue to Indiana Avenue with an 8-foot-wide multi-use trail, was completed last year. From McKinley Avenue to Mapleton Avenue, dancing “C” panels were added representing the area’s industrial heritage.