Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Congress-Carrel hike-bike trail segment beginning soon

Construction is set to begin on the section of the Ohio River Trail between Congress Avenue and Carrel Street, the City of Cincinnati and Columbia Tusculum Community Council report.

Prus Construction Company has awarded the contract for the $336,816 project, consisting of a 12-foot trail along the west side of Kellogg Avenue.

At Carrel Street, the trail will head northeast to Dumont Street, where it will connect with the Carrel Street-Lunken Airport segment. At Congress Avenue, westbound riders can connect to a portion of the trail that runs behind Riverview East Academy and heads toward Schmidt Field.

A signal will be installed at the intersection of Kellogg Avenue and Carrel Street.

Additionally, an alternate route, using City streets, will be made available through Eastern Avenue's historic business district. Signage is planned, but will not be installed as part of this project.

The Congress-to-Carrel segment is scheduled for completion in October.

A $2.3 million segment of the Ohio River Trail between the Lunken Airport parking lot at Wilmer Avenue is currently under construction. This section, which passes behind the Metropolitan Sewer District plant and the Fulton-Presbyterian Cemetery, will include an interpretive panel describing the neighborhood's history.

A $2.8 million link between Lunken Airport and the Magrish Preserve on Salem Road is scheduled to begin in 2012.
Eventually, the Ohio River Trail will connect Cincinnati's Downtown with the Little Miami Scenic Trail, allowing bicyclists to ride continuously from Cincinnati to Lake Erie.

Previous reading on BC:
Cincinnati approves LPA with ODOT for Ohio River Trail segment (11/18/09)
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)