DAYTON, OHIO – Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) held a press conference with City of Dayton Mayor Jeffrey Mims and City Planner Susan Vincent to announce $1.5 million for the East Dayton Rails-to-Trails Project.
“I was able to secure $1.5 million in funding that is going to transform the abandoned railroad track into a bike path that connects the entire bike system throughout the region. I am excited to partner with Mayor Mims, who has been a great champion of development throughout our city. This is an important investment in the Huffman Historic District. By connecting the bike path with the rest of the system, it will attract activity, energy, and excitement. This project is called the Flight Line, and we’re looking forward to it taking flight,” said Congressman Mike Turner.
“The Flight Line rails-to-trails project will be a transformational quality-of-life amenity for Daytonians and build upon the more than 300 miles of existing paved trails in the region. I’m thankful for Congressman Turner’s critical support to help move this project forward,” said Mayor Jeffrey Mims.
Congressman Turner was able to secure funding for the East Dayton Rails-to-Trails initiative through the Fiscal Year 2023 Community Project Funding process.
This project includes the acquisition of the 6.5-mile out-of-service rail corridor and will catalyze design and construction phases. The rails corridors will then be converted into bike trails.
There will be two sections of the new bike trail: a northern elevated trail and parkway, known as the Flight Line, which will connect to the Creekside Trail, and a southern trail which will connect to the Iron Horse Trail.