Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cincinnati approves LPA with ODOT for Ohio River Trail segment

The City of Cincinnati has pledged its cooperation through a local public agency (LPA) agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for a segment of the Ohio River Trail, making the City eligible for $2.2 million in SAFETEA-LU federal funding through the Federal Highway Administration.

Work on the $2.75 million, nearly half-mile long hike-bike trail between Wilmer Avenue/Lunken Airport and the Magrish Preserve on Salem Road, scheduled to begin in 2012, will include restriping of the Kellogg Avenue bridge, realignment of the ramp from westbound Salem Road to Kellogg Avenue, and sidewalk improvements.

The balance of the project's funding will come from existing Department of Transportation and Engineering capital improvement program project accounts.

The project is currently in the environmental impact phase.

As envisioned, the completed Ohio River Trail would connect Downtown with the Little Miami Scenic Trail, and eventually to Lake Erie.

Previous reading on BC:
Agreement near for Lunken-Salem section of Ohio River Trail (11/4/09)
Cincinnati says 'yes' to Ohio River Trail funds (5/28/09)
Stimulus funds could go to Ohio River Trail (5/20/09)
Planning begins to connect Ohio River Trail to Little Miami (11/12/08)
Cincinnati council supports Ohio River Trail (3/19/08)