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.
“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.