Users of the the Little Miami Scenic Trail may experience some interference as construction on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridges continues. According to the Friends of the Little Miami State Park website there is an effort to avoid weekend closures but weekday closures of up to one hour should be expected.
The Little Miami Scenic Trail, State Bike Route 1 and 3, is approximately 80 miles in length and forms the southern leg of the Ohio to Erie Trail (Xenia to Cincinnati).
The Jeremiah Morrow Bridges carry Interstate 71 over the Little Miami River gorge and the Little Miami Scenic Trail near mile marker 22 (between Wilmington Road at Mather’s Mill and St Rte 350 at Ft. Ancient).
The bridges are a pair of parallel continuous truss bridges and are the same design and age as the I-35W Mississippi River bridge that collapsed in 2007. In 2010 Work began on a massive 6 year project to replace the bridges. It is reported that crews overhead are now working directly above the trail. Workers will install tarps to catch the small debris, but when the heavy equipment arrives overhead, flagmen will be positioned on the trail to shutdown access underneath the bridge. The closures are anticipated to be up to one hour in length and their frequency is unknown at this time.
Another excellent argument for wearing a helmet. Patience will be required as there are no easy workarounds.
Note: updates from local trail users (or construction workers) are encouraged and appreciated. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org