Columbiana Port Authority Chooses Firm for Trail Extension Study

LISBON, Ohio – A Columbus firm was chosen by the Columbiana County Port Authority Board of Directors to conduct a study on the extension of the Greenway Trail.

Woolpert Inc. was the only firm to submit a proposal for the study into a connection of the trail between Lisbon and the Point of Beginning in East Liverpool at the Pennsylvania state line, and the board approved the $79,943 professional service agreement Monday.

According to Brittany Smith, executive director of the port authority, the company was given until October 2026 to determine if the plan is feasible, what path can be taken and the potential cost.

“I’m sure it will take less time than that,” Smith said.

The board had voted in January to allow Penny Traina, executive director of the port authority, to enter contract negotiations with Woolpert for the feasibility study, which is being funded through the Appalachian Community Grant Program.

The funding is a portion of $175,000 in technical assistance funds received by the state by the port authority to be used for planning, engineering and project studies.

In other matters, the board approved the renewal of six-month leases in the Leetonia industrial building at 600 Cherry Fork for manufacturing tenants Humtown Pattern and The ExOne Co., with no changes in their existing leases, including fees.

Pictured at top: This site at the entrance to East Liverpool near the Ohio/Pennsylvania state line designates the Point of Beginning, where the Northwest Territory survey began in 1785.

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