Beechmont Bridge Connection Project

About the Project

In 2016, Great Parks extended the Little Miami Scenic Trail by 3.15 miles from the Little Miami Golf Center to its current terminus near Beechmont Avenue and State Route 32. The next step is to continue the trail by bringing it across the Little Miami Scenic River and tying it into the Lunken Airport trail and Ohio River Trail to downtown Cincinnati.

Great Parks is working with the City of Cincinnati and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to design and construct this final phase, which includes a bridge over the Little Miami River, a retaining wall underneath the bridge and a tunnel under the State Route 32 westbound ramp to Beechmont Avenue.

Project benefits include:

  • Trail access for more than 300,000 residents who live within five miles of the Little Miami Scenic Trail
  • Local and regional links to numerous parks and preserves, as well as recreational, entertainment and business facilities
  • Enhancement of regional multi-model transportation options for commuters, easily linking neighborhoods and communities to the downtown central business district
  • Safety enhancements to the Beechmont Avenue bridge by increasing lane width for vehicular traffic
  • A safe, shared-use trail that is physically separated from vehicular traffic on the downstream side of the roadway bridge

Little Miami Scenic Trail extension map
Project map
Artist depictions of project

Project Scope & Impact

During construction, portions of the trail may be closed, including the southern terminus trailhead and parking lot (located next to Speedway gas station at 5030 Batavia Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45244) and sections of the 1.1-mile connector trail between Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Lunken Airport.  

Visit the Alerts & Closures page for park updates and closures throughout the project.

Tentative Project Timeline

ProjectEnd Date
DesignSummer 2020
Permitting & BiddingWinter 2020
ConstructionSpring 2021-Summer 2022

Partners & Funding

Great Parks secured 100% of the funding for the $7.9 million project, including 27% from Great Parks’ capital project funds, as a local match for state capital and federal (CMAQ) funding. The design and engineering were facilitated by the City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering in collaboration with Great Parks and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Bidding and construction are being managed by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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