Wasson Way Bike Trail to connect Cincinnati neighborhoods, Norwood


    Runners, walkers and bikers will have more space to enjoy their favorite activities. The Wasson Way Bike Trail now has more funding to expand. (WKRC)

    NORWOOD, Ohio (WKRC) - Runners, walkers and bikers will have more space to enjoy their favorite activities. The Wasson Way Bike Trail now has more funding to expand.

    The bike trail connects Cincinnati neighborhoods, and now it's expanding into Norwood.

    People already enjoy the green space and amenities here, but this means more space for walking or for riding bikes, and it's all off of the roadway so it's safe for pedestrians.

    Phase One of the Wasson Way trail was finished in 2018, and already families are taking advantage of it.

    "The biggest users of the first phase seem to be families teaching their children how to ride a bike and rollerbladers and lots of families," said Jay Andress, the Wasson Way Board co-founder.

    Now, city leaders are ready for Phase Two. That would be 0.7 miles.

    Cincinnati got $944,000 in federal money and other funding sources, including a private donation. Mayor John Cranley says it will also bridge communities and be safe for pedestrians.

    "And this is going to be a way to walk across the highway without dealing with cars and traffic. That creates opportunities, not just for exercise, but also to get to work, go out to dinner, come back. I think it'll just add a lot of vibrancy to both neighborhoods," Cranley said.

    The trail extends west over I-71 through a nine-acre area. The land used to be a former railroad depot. People who live and work in these communities see the Wasson Way expansion as an incentive for more people to live and work in these neighborhoods.

    "We're working on a connector that will reach over to Avondale, MLK, and Reading Road at one end, and then at the other end, we're looking to connect to the Little Miami Trail," said Andress.

    This area is right on the border of Norwood and Cincinnati's city limits. Norwood has also put up money for the project as well. The city still needs to get bids for this next phase of the project.

    Construction is expected to begin sometime in 2019.

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