MSD Looking for Old Photos of South Fairmount

We need your help! MSD is working on educational signage to be placed along the walkways for the Lick Run Valley Conveyance System (VCS) in South Fairmount. Some of the signage will be dedicated to South Fairmount’s history.

If you have old photos of South Fairmount dating from the 1800s to mid-1900s, we would love to borrow them for potential inclusion in the signage.

We will scan them and return them to you promptly. You will also receive credit for the photo on the signage. Please contact MSD Customer Service at (513) 557-3594 or

Orange Barrel Updates

MSD Finishing Up Construction Work, New Project to Start This Summer

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) is finishing up construction work on two of its Lick Run storm sewer projects on Queen City Avenue and Harrison/Westwood avenues near the viaduct.

The next Lick Run project – storm sewers on Sunset Avenue, Rapid Run Pike, Guerley Road and Sunset Lane – is scheduled to start this summer.

Queen City Avenue Phase 1 Project

MSD’s Queen City Avenue project (between the Bypass and Sunset) should be complete by June, pending weather and the contractor’s schedule.

However, traffic on eastbound (inbound) Queen City Avenue will still experience temporary lane closures in this area for several more months. Duke Energy will be installing a new gas main between Sunset and Wyoming avenues during the months of May/June. Following that work, the Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering (CDOTE) will repave the eastbound (inbound) lanes between Sunset and Wyoming.

Harrison Avenue Phase B Project

MSD’s Harrison Avenue Phase B project (Harrison, Westwood and Moellering avenues in vicinity of Western Hills Viaduct) should be complete by June, pending weather and the contractor’s schedule.


Public Meeting: Westwood Ave. Widening Project

March 11, 2015, 5pm – 7pm, Orion Academy 1798 Queen City Ave.To support revitalization in South Fairmount, a majority of Lick Run Master Plan participants recommended converting Westwood (WW) and Queen City (QC) Avenues from one-way to two-way streets.

The project is expected to have safety and mobility benefits:

  • Removes the s-curve, provide wider lanes and updates traffic signals on WW.
  • Reduces through traffic on QC.
  • Creates a shared-use path for walkers and bicyclists.
  • Provides a direct path for through traffic to and from the Western Hills Viaduct.
  • Connects to the future new I-75 interchange and the future new Western Hills Viaduct, which will also include a shared-use path for walkers and bicyclists.

The conversion will require that the widening of WW will be done on the south side of the street. The City will need to buy properties on WW for that purpose.

Project Timeline:

  • Study and Design (On-going)
  • Begin Right-of-Way appraisals (June, 2015)
  • Right-of-Way Plans complete (December, 2015)
  • Begin Right-of-Way Offers and Acquisitions (February, 2016)
  • Right-of-Way Acquisitions Complete (March, 2018)
  • Final Construction Plans Complete (April, 2018)
  • Construction (October, 2018)