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Western Hills Viaduct


West arch over Mill Creek

Photo taken by Jonathan Maxwell

BH Photo #108296


Street View 


Double-decker concrete viaduct with two open-spandrel arch spans over Mill Creek Valley in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Open to two decks of traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement.
Built 1930-32 as part of the Union Terminal Project; eastern end rebuilt 1960-63 to accomodate I-75
- MacDougald Construction Co. of Atlanta, Georgia
- Cincinnati Street Railway
- Streetcar
Open-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 120.1 ft.
Total length: 3,500.0 ft. (0.7 mi.)
Deck width: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.12479, -84.54154   (decimal degrees)
39°07'29" N, 84°32'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/712521/4333503 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 3137082 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27624 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 12, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • June 3, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • January 18, 2014: New photos from J.P.
  • October 18, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Merged NBI
  • October 26, 2005: Posted photos from Jonathan Maxwell



Western Hills Viaduct
Posted May 20, 2020, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

I just released a short documentary video on the history of the viaduct. Here's the link to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdO1zyWoG3Q

Western Hills Viaduct
Posted March 31, 2017, by David Wormald (dwormald [at] fuse [dot] ent)

New replacement bridge for Western Hills Viaduct is a double deck cable stayed bridge. Not sure of any similar design in the US.

Western Hills Viaduct
Posted June 4, 2014, by Matt Lohry

It's Hamilton County...you expected maybe a positive outcome??

Western Hills Viaduct
Posted June 3, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Planning is in the works to reduce this iconic Art Deco bridge to a pile of rubble and scrap metal.