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ODOT Plans Shared-Use Trail Connections At Beechmont Levee

Hamilton County (September 13, 2021) – As part of continued improvements stemming from the Eastern Corridor Program, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), in coordination with Anderson Township and the city of Cincinnati, is developing plans to make it easier and safer for bicyclists and pedestrians on the east side of the Beechmont Levee (state Route 125/Beechmont Avenue) to travel between the regional trail network and nearby neighborhoods.

Currently, several connection alternatives are being considered, listed under PID: 113602 and PID: 115291, and ODOT invites the community to learn more and share their preferences by participating in a Virtual Open House, which can be accessed anytime through October 26, 2021 at https://easterncorridor.org/

The proposed improvements are located in the area that extends from the S.R. 32/S.R. 125 interchange at the east end of the Beechmont Levee to Ranchvale Drive, which is approximately 0.6 miles east of the interchange. The connections will link bicyclists and pedestrians to the new Little Miami Scenic Trail (LMST) bridge project, which is currently under construction and will provide access to the LMST, Lunken Airport Trail, Otto Armleder Memorial Park Trail, and Ohio River Trail. It will also provide bicyclists and pedestrians with a safe, dedicated path for travel from the levee and nearby bus stops on Beechmont Avenue, to residential areas in Anderson Township and Mt. Washington.

“When we discussed transportation needs with local community representatives and the public, they told us that improving options for biking and walking in this area is a high priority,” said Tom Arnold, District Planning Engineer for ODOT District 8.

“Great Parks, the City of Cincinnati, Anderson Township, and ODOT have since begun constructing the extension of the Little Miami Scenic Trail to establish a much-wanted link to the regional shared-use trail system. Our goal now is to provide a means for bicyclists and walkers to safely and easily access this new link and move through the surrounding area.”

Proposed project elements include:

  • Connecting nearby residential areas with the Little Miami Scenic Trail and regional trail system;
  • Providing a dedicated bike/pedestrian path on the south side of SR 125/Beechmont Avenue between Elstun Road and Ranchvale Drive; and
  • Providing a sidewalk or shared-use path along Elstun Road to safely connect residents with bus stops on SR 125/Beechmont Avenue.

Connection alternatives, as well as additional project information and background, are discussed in more detail on the Virtual Open House site. Interspersed throughout the discussion are multiple survey questions that give participants the opportunity to share their feedback and preferences.

“Public input is an important part of our planning process,” said Arnold. “We strongly encourage people to stop by the Virtual Open House and let us know their thoughts. We will use the feedback received to help decide which alternatives to advance to the next stage of development.”

Arnold noted that the connections being discussed were prepared in response to input received from community planners, local representatives, interest groups, and the broader public during the development of the 2019 Conceptual Alternatives Implementation Plan for Eastern Corridor Segments II and III.

The Virtual Open House will be active for 45 days, and visitors can participate at their convenience. Comments received by Oct. 26, 2021 will be included in a public comment assessment report. In addition to the web site, questions and comments can also be directed to ODOT by email, mail, or phone to:

Paul Maricocchi, E.I.T., Environmental Engineer
ODOT District 8
505 South State Route 741
Lebanon, OH 45036
Paul.Maricocchi@dot.ohio.gov (513) 933-6586

Any individuals needing interpretation or translation services or other reasonable accommodations to participate in the open house, review project materials, or provide comment should contact Kathleen Fuller at (513) 932-3030. Public participation is encouraged without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

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The Eastern Corridor Program is a series of integrated transportation projects designed to make travel easier and safer between Greater Cincinnati’s urban core and the communities in eastern Hamilton County and western Clermont County. Eastern Corridor projects are also designed to support local goals for community enhancement, economic development, and sustainable regional growth. For more information, visit www.EasternCorridor.org