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Path to offer O'Hara office park walkers room to roam

| Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:01 a.m.
Jan Pakler | Trib Total Media
Walkers during lunch time on Monday, May 18, 2015, in RIDC park in O'Hara try to navigate along roads while a trail is being planned.

A pedestrian walkway to be built in O'Hara's RIDC Park is a major step toward safety, a business owner in the park said.

“It's not only for our employees but people walking along Alpha Drive at night,” said Pete Tsudis, owner of Tru Food Manufacturing — a snack food factory and member of the RIDC Business Alliance, a group aimed at improving the park.

“There are a lot of people who walk at lunchtime and after work, and we need it to be done safely.”

O'Hara Council agreed to partner with members of the Business Alliance, who proposed the walkway last year, to install the $18,000 trail.

O'Hara taxpayers will pay for the path.

Work was expected to begin this week.

“We were just waiting to get on the line painting schedule,” Township Manager Julie Jakubec said.

The walkway will stretch 2.5 miles through the industrial park, creating a quasi-sidewalk where there currently is none. The park spans 700 acres and has few sidewalks.

Walkers now make their treks on the roadway, which is busy with delivery trucks and other traffic to the more than 130 businesses there.

“If you come at night, you see kids from the high school running and people walking for exercise,” Tsudis said.

The trail will be about five feet wide and be made of crushed stone, delineated by striping and signs, Jakubec said.

“It's a big step forward for the park's use,” Tsudis said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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