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It’s official: There will soon be a pathway completing the loop around Lake Kittamaqundi, bringing walkers, bicyclists and runners for 2 miles alongside one of Downtown Columbia’s original gems.
That distance is the option Columbia Association (CA) selected for this oft-discussed project. CA had a feasibility study conducted by Hanover-based BayLand Consultants & Designers, and CA then presented the study’s three options in meetings earlier this year with Town Center residents and village board members.
“This will allow residents to get closer to Columbia’s open space, which we’re very proud of,” said Dennis Mattey, CA’s director of construction. “And though this is a small piece of the revitalization of Columbia’s downtown, it will bring people to the lakefront and create more of a destination.”
The project will supplant an undesignated dirt path that runs along part of the eastern side of the lake, a route created by people who have walked through. Completing the 2-mile loop will involve paving 1,800 linear feet of existing trail, creating 670 feet of new trail meandering between trees, 90 feet of boardwalk in a flood-prone area, and 36 feet of bridge across a swale.
The earliest that construction could begin is summer 2014, according to Mattey. Work would be finished after about 90 days, he said.
The estimated cost of design and construction is about $513,000, according to BayLand. Maintenance costs for the project would be an estimated $2,110 a year. Both of those figures are less than the costs would have been for the other two options that the consultant suggested.