Cincinnati Bridge Project Gets Federal Grant

A Cincinnati bridge project has received a federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant.

The $127.12 million grant was awarded to the Western Hills Viaduct Replacement project, which involved constructing a new bridge south of the existing viaduct.

The new bridge will connect with a revamped interchange with Interstate 75 and replace an 85-year old structure that is in poor condition.

“The project will allow for reliable and efficient freight movement by road and rail, as the increased spacing of supports will allow for rail realignment and provide a new access point to the CSX intermodal facility,” said a summary of the project in a U.S. Department of Transportation news release.

The Cincinnati bridge project was one of 16 projects that are sharing $1.5 billion in INFRA funding of highway, multimodal freight and rail projects.

Grants were also awarded for projects in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

The Rockport Bridge Rehabilitation Freight Rail Project in Ohio and Muhlenberg Counties in Kentucky received $17.33 million for replacement of the Rockport Railroad Bridge deck, filling in portions of the existing approach with rock fill and culvert pipes, and upgrading the electrical and mechanical components that allow the 100-year-old bridge to be raised to accommodate river traffic.

In Philadelphia, $20.34 million was awarded to the Tioga Marine Terminal Access and Capacity Enhancements Project.

The funding will be used for construction of an approximately 100,000-square-foot warehouse with rail access, employee parking and loading docks at the Tioga Marine Terminal. The project will also relocate and construct a new modernized gate complex and relocate an existing maintenance facility.

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