Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stimulus funds could go to Ohio River Trail

Cincinnati City Council is considering an ordinance that would allow the City to accept $1.75 million in federal economic stimulus funding to build a portion of the Ohio River Trail in the East End.

The $2.3 million project would include:

  • The construction of a 0.54-mile segment of hike/bike trail between Wilmer Avenue and Carrel Street
  • A new traffic signal and road work on Wilmer Avenue to provide a controlled trail crossing at Wilmer Avenue and Airport Road
  • Landscaping, trail parking and amenities at Wilmer Avenue/Airport Road and at Carrel and Dumont streets
  • Remodeling and partial demolition of an abandoned freight transfer terminal and railroad tracks

The balance of funding would come from City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering capital improvement program project accounts.

The ordinance also would allow the City to enter into a Local Public Agency agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation and would create a capital grant project account for trail construction.

If the funds are accepted, work could begin by fall 2009.

Photo credit: "Bicycles" by cbowns, courtesy of Flickr.

Previous reading on BC:
Planning begins to connect Ohio River Trail to Little Miami (11/12/08)
Cincinnati council supports Ohio River Trail (3/19/08)
City seeking comments for river trail funds (11/16/07)
Ohio River Trail: Three alternatives (5/18/07)