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Bike path on pace for June completion

A 16-mile bike path connecting Urbana and Bellefontaine is on pace to be completed by the end of June 2014, according to the non-profit group raising funds for the project.

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Simon Kenton Pathfinders recently updated Mary Rutan Foundation and Honda of America Mfg. donors on the progress of the a 16-mile bike path connecting Urbana and Bellefontaine. From the left, are: Terry Jones, Cecelia Lokai-Minnich, Doug Chivington, Christie Barns, Craig Fultz, Tammy Allison, Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon, Caroline Ramsey, Jim Wehrman, Carmen Scott, Nancy Lokai-Baldwin and Betsy Bohl. (PHOTO | SIMON KENTON PATHFINDERS)

Simon Kenton Pathfinders last Tuesday briefed representatives from Honda of America Mfg. and Mary Rutan Foundation — the two largest donors to the project — on the path’s progress.

Commissioners in both Champaign and Logan counties have signed off on the bike path, which will run from the northern edge of Urbana into Southview Park in Bellefontaine along a railroad track just west of U.S. Route 68, said Doug Chivington, a spokesman for the Simon Kenton Pathfinders.

“We’re $35,000 away from our goal of $800,000,” he said. “So we feel pretty good about where we’re at.

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