Thursday, March 24, 2011

New section of Ohio River Trail open

A new section of the Ohio River Trail is now open in Columbia Tusculum and the East End, completing the multi-use trail from Lunken Airport to Schmidt Field.

Walkers and riders can now pick up the trail near the front door of the Lunken Airport terminal building near the intersection of Wilmer and Airport roads, continue westward along the northern edge of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati plant, and emerge at Carrel Street.

Users then can either continue along Kellogg Avenue to Riverview East Academy, or select an alternate route along Dumont Street to the Eastern Avenue business district, Stanley Avenue, and then Riverview East Academy.

At Riverview East Academy, the new segment connects with the existing riverside trail to Schmidt Field.

A $2.8 million section between Lunken Airport and Magrish Preserve is scheduled to begin next year. A connection with the Little Miami Scenic Trail between the State Route 32/Beechmont Avenue interchange and either the Magrish Preserve or the Otto Armleder Memorial Park/Lunken Airport trail system is currently under study by the Hamilton County Park District.

Eventually, the Ohio River Trail will extend east along Kellogg Avenue to New Richmond. Its connection to the Little Miami Scenic Trail will allow bicyclists to ride continuously from Downtown Cincinnati to Lake Erie.

Photo courtesy of the Columbia Tusculum Community Council

Previous reading on BC:
Open house to share recommendations for key regional bike link (2/28/11)
Congress-Carrel hike-bike trail segment beginning soon (7/7/10)
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)