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Jay Andress on the Wasson Way Bicycle Trail Project

Update from Jay Andress, director of the Wasson Way Bicycle Trail Project

The Wasson Way wants to connect to the Little Miami Scenic Trail through the Little Miami River Valley, away from traffic and congestion. We also want numerous connections to Mariemont so that the residents will have great access to both the Little Miami Trail if they go north and to Cincinnat’si Armleder Park, Lunken, Wasson Way and the ORW if they go south. The benefits to Mariemont from this wonderful network of trails….for biking, running, walking and just exploring the Little Miami River area will become a major highlight of Mariemont.

Our goal is to make this network of trails one of the best in America. The Wasson Way will be beautiful at the same time it is very useful for many City residents. The ORW will be amazing as commuters use it to reach downtown along a trail with Ohio River views.  The Little Miami Trail is already a great asset. While connections between the Wasson Way and the Little Miami Trail might temporarily be along other routes, the goal of the WW Organization is to make this world class.

Besides creating a great trail we want to improve safety. One of my friends has suffered permanent brain injury because of a near fatal bike accident on Wooster Pike in Mariemont seven years ago. Unless we get bikers from Mariemont and everywhere else off Wooster Pike it is inevitable that it will happen to someone else.

We really appreciate the support we have received from Mariemont. Our plan is to host a community meeting in Mariemont this spring to get citizen input. I apologize that we have not been more involved in Mariemont, but our first and primary goal has been to get the City to buy the right-of-way from Norfolk Southern, because without that the whole project fails.

Look forward to seeing you again soon in Mariemont.

The Wasson Way Project

There is no better time to proceed with the Wasson Way Project than now.  It will produce a 6.5 mile Bike and Pedestrian Path from Xavier University to the Little Miami Bike Trail in Newtown!

Jay Andress has spearheaded the effort to make the win-win Wasson Way project a reality and has outline the benefits for Mariemont below:

  • It connects all the families and children safely to the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail, which is currently so close but yet separated by a very dangerous and busy road.
  • The Wasson Way and a connector will provide complete off-road access for Terrace Park students to Mariemont High School
  • Through two access points (near the community swimming pool and by Kroger’s), Mariemont residents will be able to ride into Hyde Park…only two miles away on the bike trail…crossing trestles above Wooster Pike, Red Bank Road and in Ault Park.
  • The trail will be a bike commuter route for not only Mariemont residents but for all those folks in Newtown, Anderson, Fairfax, Terrace Park and all other areas along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Thousands of students at Xavier will be able to easily ride to school.
Flyer Facebook Postcard  Jay Andress and his group have had good meetings with the Hamilton County Park’s Director Jack Sutton and his planner Tim Zelek about building an off-road connector from Kroger’s up the Wooster Pike Hill to the Mariemont Library. That work in continuing with discussions with Kroger’s and others.
   They want to get input from the residents of Mariemont about access points, trail design, and especially amenities in the areas of Mariemont Gardens (South 80) and near Kroger’s. For that purpose they are hosting, along with students and professors from UC Niehoff Urban Design Center and ten professional architects a Community Design Workshop at Clark Montessori School at 8:30am on October 12th. Jay Andress will also be having a community party on Friday, October 18th at Hyde Park Floral and Garden (corner of Michigan and Wasson Roads) to reveal the results of the workshop and celebrate the next big step…moving forward with planning and construction.
Below is a map of the Wasson road trail