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Work schedule on extending Seneca Park Loop pushed back

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The new and improved Seneca Loop starts just west of Seneca Park, but now will be accessible to a number of new neighborhoods. The new and improved Seneca Loop starts just west of Seneca Park, but now will be accessible to a number of new neighborhoods.
Crews are carving out the new Seneca Loop, extending the path from 1.5 miles to 4 miles. Crews are carving out the new Seneca Loop, extending the path from 1.5 miles to 4 miles.
The Seneca Loop comes with a $900,000 price tag that's being paid for using federal dollars. The Seneca Loop comes with a $900,000 price tag that's being paid for using federal dollars.
The Seneca Loop project has been in the works since 2008, but construction didn't start until May of this year. The Seneca Loop project has been in the works since 2008, but construction didn't start until May of this year.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Work is underway on a new east Louisville recreation path, and runners and bikers can't wait for its completion.

The new and improved Seneca Loop starts just west of Seneca Park, but now will be accessible to a number of new neighborhoods.

Triathlete Teresa Saborsky said, "It's safer, you know, it’s just safer."

Crews are carving out the new Seneca Loop, extending the path from 1.5 miles to 4 miles.

"The original path had always intended to go all the way around Bowman Field -- around the airport,” Public Works employee Dirk Gowan said.

As you can see from the map at right, the Seneca Loop is completely separate from Seneca Park proper. The Seneca Loop starts to the west of the park, at the intersection of Seneca Park Road and Pee Wee Reese. From here the loop takes you through a residential area, up to Bowman Field. A fence will soon be gone, and the path will connect around the airport to Cannon's Lane, Dutchmans Lane and Taylorsville Road. Past the golf course, the path will reconnect with Pee Wee Reese.

Cyclist Vincent Hancock says the path will give him a nice buffer from the road.

"There's a lot of car traffic through here and Seneca Park," he said. "It will be nice to go around that.”

The entire loop will be bike-friendly and will connect neighborhoods on all sides of Bowman Field.

"I know people who are older, who want to get on a bike and they're afraid to get out on the road," Saborsky said. "So this would be fantastic for them."

The project comes with a $900,000 price tag that's being paid for using federal dollars.

There's still a lot to do, so the completion date has been pushed back a few weeks. Crews now hope to finish the path sometime in September. 

"The more places we have for people to safely go and get fit get outside, then they don't have any excuses," Saborsky said. 

The project's been in the works since 2008, but construction didn't start until May of this year.

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