by David Miller
Loveland, Ohio – The O’Bannon Creek Bridge in Historic Downtown on the Loveland Bike Trail (Little Miami Scenic Trail) will be temporarily closed starting March 6th. Little Miami State Park, the division of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that oversees the trail said that the bridge is nearing the end of its life expectancy and that they are “proactively replacing it before it becomes unsafe”.
It will open again at the end of March and then close from May to October. There is no designated detour, however, local trail users will know that heading east on West Loveland Avenue and leaving Historic Downtown by heading north on State Route 48, then turning left onto Lyon Avenue will quickly take users to the other side of the closed bridge. From Lyon Avenue take either fork in the road to get back on the trail.
EDITOR’S NOTE: We have received a message from one of our faithful readers who lives on Maple avenue and she would rather not see people use the street as a detour. She said, “My street isn’t a proper workaround. Maple is a narrow, short dead-end street that doesn’t connect through to the trail, as depicted on the Google map. Our little neighborhood has several families with young children and would appreciate not having all the trail traffic directed our way. If trail users just stay on Lyon (which has just one house and no kids), they will quickly come to its intersection.”