AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The city of Akron will be closing a popular 1-mile stretch of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail for four years as part of a $184 million project aimed to curb sewer overflows.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports the closure was deemed necessary so crews can begin digging the 6,200-foot Ohio Interceptor Tunnel. The tunnel will store up to 25 million gallons of raw sewage and stormwater from nine overflows.
Officials say the tunnel will keep sewage runoff from contaminating waterways nearby.
Excavation on the tunnel will begin in November 2017.
The trail - frequented by scores of walkers, runners and bicyclists - will be detoured to Hickory Street as an alternate route.
City officials fear the long closure and detour could cause trail users to head elsewhere.