Western Hills Viaduct Project Gets $127 Million Federal Boost

Cincinnati's new viaduct is expected to be completed by 2030.

click to enlarge The current Western Hills Viaduct will make way for a new model in 2030. - Photo: City of Cincinnati
Photo: City of Cincinnati
The current Western Hills Viaduct will make way for a new model in 2030.

The City of Cincinnati has been awarded a $127 million federal transportation grant for the Western Hills Viaduct replacement project.

“This project is going to change the face of our city for a generation. Reconnecting our neighborhoods to the jobs and everyday destinations they depend on is essential to our growth as a city that works for everyone,” Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval said in a Sept. 9 news release.

Construction of the new bridge to Cincinnati’s west side is expected to begin by 2025. The new bridge to will extend nearly a half mile over CSX Transportation’s Queensgate Yard. Site preparation began earlier this year with the demolition of six buildings where the new bridge will stand, which will be about 50 feet south of the existing viaduct.

“This is an exciting step toward creating connectivity and access that will benefit all Cincinnatians, especially Black and Brown communities that were disproportionately affected during the original construction,” city manager Sheryl Long said in the news release.

Preparation for the new bridge includes relocating a Duke Energy substation and transmission line, moving railroad tracks and constructing foundational supports. 
“This is a great win for us,” said John Brazina, the city’s director of transportation and engineering. “It sets us up for successfully completing the project. We’re very grateful to the Federal Highway Administration for its support.”

Drivers will still use the existing viaduct until its replacement is finished sometime in 2030.

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Madeline Fening

Madeline Fening is CityBeat’s investigative news reporter. Proudly born and raised in Middletown, she attended Bowling Green State University before moving to Austin, Texas where she dabbled in documentary filmmaking, digital news and bartending. Madeline then moved to Cincinnati to work for WCPO 9 News as an...
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