Portman Announces $127 Million Grant for the City of Cincinnati to Help Replace Western Hills Viaduct
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding the City of Cincinnati a $127 million federal grant through the Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight & Highway Projects (INFRA) competitive grant program. This project will replace the structurally deficient Western Hills Viaduct over the Mill Creek Valley with a new structure immediately south of the existing viaduct, which will connect to a redesigned interchange with I-75. The grant was made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that Senator Portman served as lead Republican negotiator for last year.
“This is great news for Cincinnati, and one more example of how the bipartisan infrastructure law is paying dividends for Cincinnati. I was proud to spearhead passage of this new infrastructure investment and I applaud the Department of Transportation for supporting Cincinnati and other towns around Ohio with the resources needed to advance infrastructure throughout the state,” said Portman. “This project will increase community safety and access, while also creating good-paying jobs here in Cincinnati.”
NOTE: In June, Portman sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in support of the City of Cincinnati’s Western Hills Viaduct Replacement Project’s federal funding application. Thanks to Portman’s bipartisan infrastructure law, the INFRA program received a 60 percent increase in annual funding over the next five years.