Partners put up $1 million to promote river’s value for 16 local cities

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 4:38 PM

            Hamilton residents, property owners and others have provided their ideas about what the future of development along the Great Miami River should be like. MIKE RUTLEDGE / STAFF
Hamilton residents, property owners and others have provided their ideas about what the future of development along the Great Miami River should be like. MIKE RUTLEDGE / STAFF

A new regional coalition plans to step up its efforts in 2018 to promote the Great Miami River as a resource not only for water and play, but also as a driver for tourism and economic development for 16 communities up and down the 99-mile corridor.

“It is not just for recreation. It is also for cultural tourists. It’s for people who love to dine on the river. It’s for people who are going to festivals. ,” said Elizabeth Connor, who is coordinator of Great Miami Riverway, the branding, placemaking and way-finding effort.

By the end of the year, those launching kayaks in the river or pedaling bikes down a trail may find a dozen or more new kiosks along the river. The 9-feet-high kiosks made primarily of aluminum will provide locational information as well as highlight nearby attractions and upcoming destinations. About 50 sites have been identified for the kiosks that will be installed over the next several years.

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Great Miami Riverway’s scope extends from Sidney to Hamilton and is a collaboration of 19 jurisdictions and organizations to help promote the waterway and its nearby amenities to both area communities and broader audiences.

The partners put up $1 million to see the effort through five years. The plan also includes a website.

“We want to be sure we are highlighting this as a destination for not just regional people, not just the state, but for people throughout the United States,” Connor told Montgomery County Commissioners during a presentation Tuesday.

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Montgomery County attracted and funded a fifth of a $250,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2014 study of the river that helped lead to the initiative’s formalization last year as Great Miami Riverway. Other key events in the formation included University of Dayton’s first River Summit in 2008, the Ohio’s Great Corridor Association in 2010 and a 2015 Dayton Development Coalition Community Fly-In to Washington, D.C., that featured discussions about riverfront development with area lawmakers.

Communities along the riverway have invested more than $500 million in riverfront development during the past 10 years, according to the organization.

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Seven of the cities — Dayton, Hamilton, Miamisburg, Middletown, Piqua, Troy and West Carrollton — have projects in the works or putting new riverfront plans together to leverage the natural resource.

“The river is our mountain. It’s our ocean,” said Sarah Hippensteel Hall, manager of watershed partnerships at the Miami Conservancy District, the fiscal arm of the regional partnership. “We have something very special in our backyard.”

In November, Troy officials received the results of a riverfront study. More use of the area north of the river near the downtown was among the recommendations including the prospect of a northern river district.

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Hamilton also embarked on a new master plan, gathering input in November. The River District Master Plan is being developed by W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Brooklyn, N.Y., and should be completed within a couple months.

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Dayton and Miamisburg have made millions of dollars in improvements to their downtown riverfront parks in recent years. So, too, has Middletown, where plans have been sluggish for a $1.1 million Bicentennial Commons River Center. Plans there are expected to move forward this year.

By the numbers:

Great Miami Riverway

16 communities

330 miles multi-use recreational trails

291 miles waterway trail

20 boat ramps

40 trail heads

65 access points

Great Miami Riverway partners and sponsors



-Five Rivers Metroparks



-MetroParks of Butler County

-Miami Conservancy District

-Miami County Commissioners

-Miami County Park District


-Middletown / Middletown Visitors Bureau

-Montgomery County Commissioners




-West Carrollton


-Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

-Miami County Convention and Visitors Bureau

-Sidney/Shelby County Visitors Bureau

-Tipp City

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Fairborn resident shot during home burglary

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:12 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:22 AM

Vine St Shooting

Fairborn police are investigating a home burglary and shooting in Fairborn.

According to police, someone armed with a handgun burglarized a home in the 200 block of Vine Street. During the burglary, a resident was shot in the foot. Police responded to the scene shortly after 3 a.m.

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Police are looking for the suspect, and no arrests have been made.

The victim’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.

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Two hospitalized after police pursuit ends in crash in Dayton

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:14 AM

I-75 Pursuit

UPDATE @ 2:50 a.m: Two people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after a police pursuit ended in a crash on Needmore Road early Thursday morning.

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According to officials, they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Stanley Avenue around 1:45 a.m., the suspect did not comply and a pursuit started on northbound I-75. 

The suspect ended up crashing into another vehicle after running a red light on Needmore Road not too long after the pursuit ensued. 

The suspect and the driver of the other vehicle were the individuals transported to Grandview Medical Center.

Officials did find a loaded handgun and narcotics in the suspect vehicle. 

The individual was placed under arrest and will be taken to Montgomery County Jail after their release from the hospital. 


A pursuit on northbound I-75 ended as a crash on the Needmore Road exit ramp early Thursday morning.

According to officials, the pursuit started around 1:45 a.m. at the 55 milemarker.

The Ohio Highway State Patrol are handling with assistance from Dayton police.

We will continue to update this story with more details. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:44 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 4 north/south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure April 2 - 26. One northbound and two southbound lanes will remain open. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • US 35 east between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Jefferson Street, Overnight lane closures March 19 at 8 p.m. - March 20 at 6 a.m. Two eastbound lanes will remain open.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • I-75 south near CR 25A (Piqua), Lane closure March 19 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. One southbound lane will remain open. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
  • SR 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Damage from electrical fire on Pinehurst Avenue estimated at $10K

Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
Updated: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 5:37 PM

House fire on Pinehurst Ave in Dayton

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.

A electrical fire that started in the basement of a residence on Pinehurst Avenue has been extinguished, according to Dayton District Fire Chief Adam Landis.

No injuries were reported. He estimated the damage at $10,000.

Landis also said the cause of the fire is under investigation and the residents will be able to stay in their house. 


Fire crews were dispatched to a working structure fire on the 50 block of Pinehurst Avenue on Monday afternoon. We are headed to the scene and will update you with the latest information. 

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