MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE 8/10/18
The path is back open. Temporary rock has been laid down for riders and it is expected to be repaved at a later date.
We reached out to the Wastewater superintendent and the city engineer's office to confirm whether the reopening is temporary or permanent. We have not heard back.
The path remains closed for another few weeks, according to Wastewater Superintendent Steve Elliott.
It was supposed reopen on July 16 but the contractor tells Elliot, the project needs more time. They are installing a new sewage outfall to the Ohio River. Elliott says the contractor did not anticipate the land being so steep so more time is needed to adjust the project design.
Elliott says they expect it to be another couple of weeks before the path reopens.
The path is now expected to reopen July 16.
Wastewater superintendent Steve Elliott says the contractors working on the new sewage outfall will finish excavating near the path this week. Temporary gravel will be added for bicyclists safety before the path is repaved at a later time.
ORIGINAL STORY 6/12/18
Part of the Ohio River Trail Bike Path in Marietta will be closed until July 2 for construction at the Marietta Wastewater Treatment Plant.
From Monday, June 18 through Monday, July 2, part of the Ohio River Trail Bike Path running behind the Wastewater Treatment Plant, located on East 8th Street in Marietta, will be closed as crews install a new sewage outfall from the treatment plant to the Ohio River.
Bicyclists and pedestrians using the Ohio River Trail Bike Path must find an alternate route to avoid the closed area of the trail during the closure.