Western Hills Viaduct Replacement a Top Infrastructure Priority in Cincinnati

New political leadership in the state of Ohio has Cincinnati regional leaders hoping for big state funding for a project to repair and replace the Western Hill Viaduct.

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March 2, 2019, 1:00 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Political leaders at county level are mobilizing to replace the Western Hills Viaduct in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hannah Sparling reports on the status of the project, after a county coalition including U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood; Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, a Democrat from Green Township; Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, a Democrat from East Walnut Hills; and Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard put out a statement expressing support for a replacement viaduct as a top priority project for the region. The coalition also announced intentions to work with newly elected Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the state legislature to pursue state funding.

"Officials have been talking about replacing the Western Hills Viaduct since 2009, but it shot to the top of the to-do list in 2017 after a chunk of concrete fell from the lower deck onto a truck," reports Sparling.

The project is expected to cost $355 million in total, and so far, the project has received $5 million in funding from the federal government.

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