They were popular trail bridges but they had to be closed in 2009 due to rot and rust. But soon cyclists and hikers will again have access to the entire Old Carriage Trail in northern Summit County. As reported by Bob D0wning in the Akron Beacon Journal the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has received $2.2 million in federal funds to replace the three now-closed pedestrian-only bridges. The new bridges will likely be designed this year and replaced in summer 2017.
The three bridges span ravines that are up to 80 feet deep. Current access to The Old Carriage Trail is limited to both entrances except for bridge access. The Metro Parks, Serving Summit County Bike & Hike connector to the Towpath Trail is open.
Other projects to be funded are:
- the Hillside pedestrian bridge over the Cuyahoga River near the Canal Exploration Center in Valley View. This project is underway and will be completed this spring. This bridge connects the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the center;
- the Brandywine Gorge Trail bridge over Brandywine Creek in Sagamore Hills Township. The existing bridge will be repaired and it will be placed on a stronger foundation to bedrock;
- six railroad crossings in the park.