Source: Cincinnati Business Courier, Chris Wetterich
Design of the final segment of the Little Miami Scenic Trail needed to connect it to the Ohio River Trail – and eventually downtown Cincinnati – will be completed by 2019, with construction set to be finished by 2021.
The Great Parks of Hamilton County has secured a $4.3 million grant to build a bridge across the river that is needed to connect the trail to the Otto Armleder Park and Lunken Airport trails. According to trail alliance Tri-State Trails, an initiative of Green Umbrella, another $730,000 in funding is needed to complete the project’s $5.4 million cost.
Design is underway and will be completed by next year. Construction is expected to start in 2020, but would not be completed until 2021.
The Little Miami Scenic Trail runs for 78 miles and is a part of the Ohio River to Lake Erie Trail. The overall vision is for bicyclists and pedestrians eventually to be able to travel along the trail from downtown Cincinnati to Xenia, Columbus and Cleveland.
Great Parks received a federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant to build a separated bike and pedestrian bridge over the Little Miami River at Beechmont Avenue. The grant also will pay for a retaining wall underneath the bridge and a tunnel under the Ohio 32 westbound ramp to Beechmont Avenue.
The City of Cincinnati has yet to work out a deal to use the Oasis rail line right-of-way to complete the Ohio River Trail to downtown. It needs an agreement with Indiana & Ohio Railway Company and its parent company, Genesee & Wyoming Inc., to run a bike trail along the route.