Western Hills Viaduct will get full funding thanks to Issue 7 sales tax

A view of the Western Hills Viaduct on Wednesday, April. 21, 2021, in Cincinnati.

One of the region's largest infrastructure needs could soon have the money to get fixed. 

No, not the Brent Spence Bridge. The other bridge, the Western Hills Viaduct. 

The proceeds from the 0.8% sales tax increase approved by voters in May 2020 will cover the remaining $205 million needed to build a new viaduct, based on the plan presented Tuesday by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority's infrastructure committee.

The SORTA board must still approve the plan next week. But Tuesday's vote is the first indication what projects the new sales tax from Issue 7 will pay for.

"Local leaders made this happen and our county will be better off for generations to come because voters supported Issue 7," said Kreg Keesee, chair of the SORTA board. 

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