Walking to Cincinnati’s riverfront or to Northern Kentucky is getting easier with the unveiling of a new pedestrian walkway on Tuesday.
The Pedestrian Connector will open for on-foot travelers Tuesday and connects downtown Cincinnati to the riverfront and Cincinnati to Covington via the on the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. In Cincinnati, the walkway connects Theodore M. Berry Way and Walnut Street Fountain at the Cincinnati Riverfront access point.
The connector is part of the infrastructure development of The Banks Project aimed to make the area better for those on foot. In May, Prus Construction received a $4.1 million contract to transform Freedom Way from Rosa Parks Street to Walnut Street, making the area more pedestrian friendly. Also coming for pedestrians are additional traffic and garage cameras, the removal of Race Street south of Freedom Way and a traffic circle at the entrance of the Roebling Suspension Bridge. A signalized crosswalk on Mehring Way at the Phase 1 garage entrance is also in the works.
Wondering how safe the Roebling Suspension Bridge is? Read about the bridge’s safety at http://bit.ly/W1FSi5 .
The connector will debut at an event at the bridge Tuesday afternoon. Officials from both sides of the river will be at the 3 p.m. event.
The Banks Public Partnership is a working partnership between the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County that manages the roads and other public infrastructure of The Banks, the development located along Cincinnati’s central riverfront between Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium.