Workers began groundbreaking Thursday for a new multi-use trail that will link the Austin Interchange area near I-75 with the more than 300-mile regional bikeway trail system from Hamilton to Sidney.
The trail, with its major artery along the Great Miami River through downtown Dayton, will by October have a new route through Five Rivers Metro Park’s Medlar Conservation Area.
The new two-mile asphalt trail will travel through the conservation area and offer mature forest, wetlands, ravines and a hilltop vista. It will begin at the corner of Medlar and Miamisburg-Springboro roads and end at the Great Miami River bikeway trail.
Last month, the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District awarded the $960,000 contract to Brumbaugh Construction Inc. of Arcanum.
The second phase of the project will link the Austin Interchange business and commercial locations near I-75 to the Medlar bikeway.
It extends the pathway east past Medlar View Elementary School to Byers Road and the existing bikeway at the Austin Road Interchange which then connects to the bikeway currently being constructed through Waldruhe Park in Miami Twp.
Five Rivers MetroParks said the new trail is part of a regional master plan to make a southern connection between the Great Miami River and the Little Miami River bikeways – the region’s two main arterial trails.
The partners for the project include Five Rivers MetroParks, Miami Twp., the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, RG Properties, the city of Miamisburg, Montgomery County, and Miamisburg City School District. The Transportation Improvement District is providing the first phase funding.