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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