TORONTO - Friends, family and members of Toronto Boy Scout Troop 41 joined the biking and walking committee of the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization on Saturday for a joint cleanup of Jefferson County Road 7F - also known as old state route 7 - north of the city limits.
With the assistance of a Jefferson County road crew, one dump truck managed to haul away a full load of trash and other debris that littered the roadside, according officials with th organization.
County Road 7F is being cleaned and readied as part of the 16-mile bicycling/walking pathway that will loop through Toronto from the south end of town and connect with Empire to the north.
HELPING OUT — A cleanup of Jefferson County Road 7F on Saturday included members of the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization and Toronto Boy Scout Troop 41. The cleanup is part of the committee’s establishment of a walking and biking trail in the city. Those involved in the cleanup included, front, from left, Chase Cooper, Nathan Keenan, Judge Hall, Emma Settle and Adison Allen; second row, Bob Bratt; third row, Dylan Cogne, Elvis Jordan, Luke Settle, Jeanine Keenan, David Warner, Jennifer Warner and Daniel Settle; and back row, George Komar, Bob Merideth, Michael Sabol and Mickey McGrath.
"Share the Road" signage soon will be posted along county Road 7F, which will remain open to vehicular traffic. Local businesses and organizations, including Clarke Funeral Home, Margaret's Cafe, Mama G's Pizza, Iggy's Pizza & Pasta, Toronto Boy Scout Troop 41 and Munch's Bike Shop, each have sponsored "No Dumping Under Penalty of Law" signs for the roadway. The signs also will notify travelers on Route 7F about the pathway and eventually will be posted at both entrances to the former highway.
Painted "sharrows" have been strategically placed on Toronto city streets alerting motorists and bicycle traffic of the route. A red "T" is painted along curbsides marking each one-tenth of a mile along the city pathway streets in the first phase of the project, according to the release.
For information on the pathway, including a map of the route, log onto www.thegemcity.org or call (740) 544-6439.