Sen. Brown floats a new way to pay for Western Hills Viaduct

Cincinnati Business Courier

Congress should contribute funding to replace the Western Hills Viaduct by including money specifically for such structurally deficient bridges in proposed infrastructure legislation, said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Brown, along with Cincinnati political and business leaders, appeared just beneath the decaying viaduct on Tuesday to tout the senator’s Bridge Investment Act. Brown would divert $75 billion of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill to fix and replace bridges. States and regions would compete for the money.

The half-mile viaduct, which is 86 years old and carries 50,000 vehicles a day, is slated to be replaced at a $330 million cost, but most of the money to do so has not been appropriated. The city and county have provided a local match but still need state or federal funding for the project.

There is $123 billion in bridge repairs needed nationally, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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