Columbia Parkway landslide project completed after 2 years, $17.6M

Columbia Parkway

The two-mile stretch of hillside stabilization along Columbia Parkway has been completed, city officials announced Thursday. The road will completely reopen next month.

The stretch of road was plagued with landslides for years, but the project, which began in 2019 should prevent further delays and help stop the slopes of eastern Cincinnati from retreating into the Ohio River. The project took two years to complete and cost $17.6 million.

In "a few weeks," the westbound lanes will reopen after some paving and other tasks, officials said.

Cincinnati's Department of Transportation and Engineering said in a release that the state of the roadway was a threat to public safety in 2019.

"Mud and debris frequently (spilled) over existing retaining walls onto the roadway, prompting emergency closures along the five-lane thoroughfare that carries approximately 30,000 vehicles a day from the city’s east side into downtown," the department said.

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