Winter can be beautiful on the trail, but spring is coming! Here are highlights of improvements you'll see in 2016:
Erosion Remediation: Streambank erosion that threatens the trail will be corrected at several locations. Contracted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the projects come at a cost of over $3 million from state capital funds designated for the Little Miami State Park. The most extensive work will be at Fort Ancient, where the trail will have to be moved. Trail closures there are expected in early fall.
Re-paving: The oldest section of the trail, from Loveland south, will be repaved with funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The remainder of funds provided for our park from the state capital fund will be used to pave north from Loveland until the money runs out.
Crack-Sealing: Funded primarily by a designated grant from Interact for Health and partially with our own resources, FLMSP is contracting for filling and sealing cracks along a major portion of the trail in preparation for repaving.
Root-Cutting: last year, in FLMSP's largest volunteer effort so far, rotating crews using a rented tractor fitted with a special cutting blade severed tree roots at the edge of 40 miles of trail to prevent them from pushing up and making bumps on the trail surface. This spring, before crack filling and repaving begins, the team will apply what it's learned to be even more efficient and effective in cutting roots along the remainder of the trail.
Information Kiosks: Brand-new kiosks at Milford and at Nisbet Park in Loveland will soon be filled with helpful maps and information about local trail-friendly establishments as well as park information and photos. Kiosks farther north on the trail are also in the works. Funding for these is provided by designated memorial donations to FLMSP.