Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cincinnati to appropriate 16 parcels for Waldvogel project

Sixteen parcels, totaling just under five acres, will be appropriated for the $68 million Waldvogel Viaduct replacement.

Major construction is scheduled to begin next spring on the two-year project, which will replace the existing structure with an at-grade roadway and five new ramp bridges. River Road, between Evans Street and Maryland Avenue, also will be upgraded to current City safety standards.

The City's 2009 Annual Bridge Condition Report indicates that the half-mile viaduct is the only City bridge rated as "poor" and the only one that is load-restricted. More than 50,000 motorists pass through the Waldvogel Viaduct/River Road corridor daily.

Still pending before City Council is an ordinance that would allow City Manager Milton Dohoney to execute an agreement with the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners for $500,000 in Municipal Road Fund program funding for the River Road portion of the project.

That grant would require no matching funds.

A $6 million first phase, the relocation of four railroad tracks south of River Road, is already underway.

The City's Department of Transportation and Engineering has secured $59.2 in state, federal, and City capital funding for the project.

Previous reading on BC:
ODOT to set new speed limit for stretch of River Road? (4/28/10)
Cincinnati taking action on roadway improvements (11/3/09)
Cincinnati makes decisions on Waldvogel, Hamilton (7/2/09)
Cincinnati passes ordinance for Waldvogel relocations (6/15/09)
Cincinnati endorses Brent Spence project policy guidelines (6/10/09)