New bridge may be coming to downtown Hamilton

Butler County Commissioners have asked the county engineer’s office to develop preliminary plans and cost estimates for a new bridge over the Great Miami River in Hamilton.

“The whole idea would be to make a connection to Hamilton’s west side other than High Street,” Commissioner Don Dixon told the Journal-News. “They’re talking about the development there at Spooky Nook, but whatever happens over there, there still needs to be another connection. It’s going to make a huge difference in that whole area.”

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Credit: Robert Dibrell

Credit: Robert Dibrell

Dixon said he envisions a new bridge originating at Washington Boulevard on the west side of the river, spanning over the railroad tracks on the east side and a new road ending up in the vicinity of Ohio 4.

He said it will be pricey but “doable.”

“My best guess it’s going to be $50-plus million,” he said. “We can do the engineering and in 2020 we can do a sizable amount. The state wants 50 percent (local match) so that means we’ve got to put up $25 million, that’s doable. That puts it in the realm of being something we can handle fairly easily, taken over a few years.”

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