Ohio River Trail: Salem Road To Sutton Road

Ohio River Trail: Salem Road To Sutton Road

Background

Once completed, the Ohio River Trail will span 23 miles along the north bank of the Ohio River from Coney Island through Downtown to Sayler Park. The trail will enhance quality of life, increase mobility and recreational opportunities, and support economic development. The trail will connect our neighborhoods to Downtown and the world-class Cincinnati Riverfront Park. It will also complete the connection from Downtown to the Little Miami Scenic Trail that will eventually extend to Lake Erie.

Several segments of the trail have already been completed:

  • a 0.3-mile segment along Mehring Way from Elm Street to Main Street
  • a 0.6 mile segment through T.M. Berry International Friendship Park
  • 3.5 miles between Corbin Street and Salem Road

Current Focus

The 2.2 mile Salem to Sutton segment of the Ohio River Trail will complete the gap between the existing trail that ends at Salem Road to the west, and the existing trail that ends at Sutton Road to the east. A preferred alignment and a conceptual design have been developed and will be shared with the public at an Open House on March 25, 2014.

Preferred Alignment

A shared-use path would be constructed adjacent to Kellogg Avenue between Salem Road and Sutton Road.

Conceptual Design

The conceptual design includes a 2 ft wide grass strip between the trail and the property line/wall/fence, a 12 ft wide asphalt trail, and a 6 ft wide buffer space between the trail and the street.

Next Steps

An Open House will be held on March 25, 2014 at 7pm at 5959 Kellogg Ave (A Touch of Elegance) to collect feedback on the conceptual design. The project team will review the input that is received at the open house, and incorporate the feedback into the remainder of the design process where possible.

Detailed design on the project will continue with upcoming activities that include the following:

  • Continued coordination with project stakeholders
  • Refinement of trail design details
  • Environmental research and studies for the preferred alignment
  • Geotechnical analysis and design of retaining walls

The next public involvement meeting is expected to occur in October of 2014. After this meeting the project team will begin work on the final design and construction cost estimates. Final construction drawings are expected to be complete by October 2016. Construction is expected to begin in June of 2017.

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