An engineering report was recently requested to help move forward with the project.
The 600-foot extension would take the path from where it currently ends, just past the Meijer store driveway off 172nd, to Robbins Road. The estimated cost of the project is $71,500.
Township officials are still trying to obtain easements from the property owners along the proposed extension. Township Manager Bill Cargo said he sent letters to the two effected property owners.
"They have not agreed to it at this stage," Cargo said. "We haven't gotten any comment from them either way."
Should the property owners balk at the easement idea, the township could exercise its eminent domain rights to take the required land. The township typically pays $1 per square foot for bike path easements.
"Eminent domain is not complicated, but it is sometimes controversial," Cargo said. "There is a political consequence to this."
Cargo said he doesn't want the Township Board to step into the process without knowing its potential side effects.
"I think, looking at what has happened in the past, is that we would prevail," he added.
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