City wants input on Western Hills Viaduct project

CAMP WASHINGTON, OH (FOX19) - The City of Cincinnati wants your input on how to upgrade the Western Hills Viaduct.

The viaduct, built in the early 1930's, connects several west side neighborhoods to I-75 near Central Parkway.

The city hosted two public informational meetings Tuesday evening to collect citizens concerns and expectations for improving the crumbling structure.

"We are in the very beginning and we really want to look at all options and get complete input from all parties to try to get the best design possible," says Richard Szekeresh, the city's principal structural engineer.

Drivers on the viaduct say safety is the number one concern, there are no emergency lanes which causes major problems during an accident.

"It is need of major repair. The ramps are short, the lanes are narrow," says Margo Warminski who uses the viaduct for work.

Warminski would like to see the city preserve the original structure and keep its art deco arches but the city might need to rebuild it.

"Most things are leading towards a replacement simply because of the age of the structure, because of the ability to maintain traffic better," says Szekeresh.

There is money for design but the city and Hamilton County will need to ask for federal funding to construct it, somewhere between 100 and 200 million dollars.

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