HOPPLE St. VIADUCT
The Hopple St. Viaduct is located 3 miles northwest of
downtown Cincinnati, 1 mile north and parallel to the Western Hills Viaduct.
It bridges the Mill Creek and the massive Queensgate railroad yard operated
by CSX. It connects Beekman St. and Westwood-Northern Boulevard to the
west with Hopple St. and Central Parkway to the east. A full interchange
with I-75 is located 1/2 mile east of the viaduct. The short stretch of
Hopple St. between the viaduct and I-75 is home to one of the city's few
remaining chicken lanes, as well as local landmark Camp Washington Chili.
The original viaduct was built in 1914 and had a 40ft.,
4 lane deck. In the 1980's, a wider 60ft., 5 lane deck was rebuilt on the
original piers. At the same time, the deck was raised several feet, allowing
clearance for the double-stacked container cars in the railroad yard beneath.
The viaduct was stripped of its original decorative features and generic
expressway overpass railings and overhead lights were installed.
Below are old post cards depicting the viaduct as it was originally
St. Viaduct Photos
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