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The Wasson Way Trail Network will be a bicycle and pedestrian corridor using trail and signed bicycle routes connecting Uptown and Fairfax. The trail will be located primarily within an unused railroad corridor and existing City right-of-way.
The Wasson Way Trail Network will create a ladder to opportunity for 83,000 residents living in 8 Cincinnati neighborhoods and three municipalities along the trail. The trail network and signed bicycle routes will connect these 83,000 residents to the second largest employment center in the region (the Uptown community), the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Withrow High School, Walnut Hills High School, the 70 shops and restaurants in the 25-acre Rookwood Commons shopping center, the new 12-acre Rookwood Exchange retail/office development, the new 15-acre University Station retail/office/housing development and numerous other neighborhood business districts within walking distance of the trail.
The proposed trail network will be transformative to the region in many ways, including: increasing mobility and accessibility, reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled, reducing CO2 emissions, creating travel time savings due to reduced rush-hour traffic congestion, reducing accidents, reducing household transportation costs, and increasing health and wellness.
Phase 1 of the trail was constructed in 2018. Phase 1 extends .6 miles from Tamarack Avenue to Madison Road. The cost of construction for Phase 1 was $1.4M. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded this project a Clean Ohio Trails Fund grant in the amount of $500,000, and the Wasson Way donated an additional $50,000.
Phase 2 of the trail was constructed in 2019. Phase 2 extends .7 miles from Tamarack Avenue to Montgomery Rd. The cost of construction for Phase 2 was $3.4M. Phase 2 was awarded $943,000 in federal Transportation Alternatives grant funding and $500,000 from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund.
Phase 3 and Beyond
Phases 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been awarded $6.0M in federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) construction funding, with Phase 3 getting $1.7M of those funds. The length of Phase 3 is 1.2 miles, beginning at Madison Road and ending near Marburg Avenue. Phase 3 has construction costs estimated at $2.03M. Work is planned to begin in summer of 2020 and be complete by winter of 2020.
Phases 4 & 5 will be built as a single project, and will use $2.6M of the federal STP grant funds. The length of Phases 4 & 5 is 1.25 miles, beginning at Marburg Avenue and ending at Old Red Bank Road. These phases have construction costs estimated at $3.2M. Work is planned to begin in summer of 2021 and be complete by winter of 2021.
Phase 6 will be built in an existing Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) owned transit corridor between Xavier University and Avondale. It will use $1.7M of the federal STP grant funds. The length of Phase 6 is 0.8 miles, beginning at Woodburn Avenue and ending at Blair Court. This phase has construction costs estimated at $2.0M. Work is planned to begin in summer of 2023 and be complete by spring of 2024.
Source: City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering