The Western Hills Viaduct, a critical connector over which 55,000 cars a day travel, continues to suffer from physical and political neglect. Recent news reports highlighted the ever-increasing danger it presents. The Hamilton County Commissioners in November of 2017 voted to proceed with a license fee aimed at meeting the County's funding obligations. In January of 2018 City Council passed a property tax increase to fund the City’s obligation. The truth is that funding by federal, state, and private parties must still be secured, and the difficult tasks involved in designing and building a replacement viaduct remain far from resolved.
Organizations, institutions, and community groups united in demanding action on the crumbling viaduct from elected officials and others stand the greatest chance of success when acting with one voice. That is why Westwood Civic Association on November 21, 2017 approved a motion to create The Western Hills Viaduct Coalition.
The Western Hills Viaduct Coalition will act as a unified voice on behalf of all member organizations, institutions, businesses, and residents, serve as a central point of contact and information, continue to apply public pressure on parties to quickly resolve funding gaps, ensure attendance at critical meetings, make sure community concerns are heard, encourage dialogue with lawmakers, and other activities related to seeing real and substantive progress on the Viaduct. We have encouraged community councils from ten Cincinnati neighborhoods west of the viaduct and seven neighborhoods immediately east of the viaduct to nominate a representative. Also, we have asked the City of Cheviot, Green Township Trustees, and Delhi Township Trustees to send a representative as we join together in a collaborate effort to see that action is taken as quickly as possible to replace the aging and dangerous viaduct.
The first meeting of the Western Hills Viaduct Coalition will be held on February 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45211. The meeting will begin with a presentation from City and County engineers regarding the current state of the Viaduct. This meeting is open to the public and the press.