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The Wasson Way takes another major step forward with the completion of a Feasibility Study by local engineering and design firm KZF Design. The study, funded by Interact for Health Foundation, shows that there are no significant barriers to construct the 6.5 mile trail on an idle railroad corridor. The proposed trail will run from Xavier University to the Little Miami Bike Trail in Newtown, through the neighborhoods of Evanston, Norwood, Hyde Park, Oakley, Mt. Lookout, Fairfax and Mariemont. The trail would connect over 100,000 people east of I75 to more than 100 miles of bike trails. The Feasibility Study confirmed that the construction costs were in line with original projections. Depending on the features added to the Wasson Way, the cost estimates to build the Trail are $7.5 – $11.2 million.
In April, 120 students and professors from UC Engineering, DAAP, Real Estate and Geography presented the result of over 7,000 hours of classroom study at the UC Niehoff Studio. It was a fascinating look at both near and far-term projects for the Wasson Way: from dog parks, to access points, to community gardens, to development opportunities, to road crossings, to a future with light rail. The event featured an open reception attended by many from the community as well as a panel discussions by regional experts about the beneficial impact of the Wasson Way.