Columbia Township successfully launched its new crosswalk with a pedestrian refuge island to help pedestrians and cyclists safely cross the busy 5-lane road to navigate this growing regional entertainment and recreational district. The crosswalk is located near the 50 West BrewPub and 50 West Burger Bar. The township successfully partnered with ODOT, Mariemont, and Great Parks of Hamilton County to deliver these improvements for the community. Township Trustee President Kubicki called the success of Wooster Pike’s growing entertainment and recreational district a “textbook public-private partnership”.
This milestone is the beginning of a much larger project. The Little Miami Trail extension in Columbia Township is the newest piece of a 100-mile regional “rails to trails” plan to connect Cincinnati’s riverfront and urban core to the region’s eastern suburbs – and beyond – through a connected system of bike and pedestrian trails. “We’re building Columbia Township as a place where people can easily come together and connect – to each other, to neighboring communities and to the region,” said Columbia Trustees’ President David Kubicki. Regional plans call for Cincinnati’s Wasson Way to connect through Mariemont and Columbia Township to the Murray Bike Path and Little Miami Scenic and National Trail. The Little Miami Scenic Trail is a 78-mile path from Columbia’s neighbor Newtown that crosses five counties to reach Springfield, Ohio.