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.


A Note from the Community Council President

Spring has arrived!

As I look out the window I see that spring is once again visiting the valley. My grass has turned quite green and during the recent rainstorm I saw a river of water running down my driveway towards the street.

As many of you know, the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has been ordered by the EPA to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Mill Creek by 2018. As a result a project has begun to separate storm and sewage sewers and return the Lick Run to a historic state

The media company Numediacy visited our council and spent many days in the area gathering photo footage and interviewing people about South Fairmount. They helped create “Too Shallow for Diving, the Weight of Water”, a multimedia presentation currently showing at the Weston Art Gallery adjacent to the Aronoff Center, free to the public.

What you may not know is that the City Department of Transportation plans to increase the number of traffic lanes on Westwood Avenue and make it a two way boulevard with seven lanes. This will require the demolition of all the existing homes on the south side of Westwood Ave. between the Western Hills Viaduct and White Street. In addition Queen City Avenue would be changed to a two way street with one lane in either direction and parking on one side of the road.

David Mann, the Vice Mayor, is planning to attend our next meeting on the 14th of April. I would like to see many attend and share their views on this project.

We are currently working to have a spring party day in Shadwell Park. It would likely involve food, games and a walking tour of the areas to be affected by the MSD project. We are still looking for ideas so please stop by the Council meeting and let us know your thoughts.

In closing. the City Sanitation Department is changing garbage collection schedules so that Fridays can be used to help clean problem dumping sites. On April 24th they will target South Fairmount. If you would like to help with the coordination please let us know at

We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Jim Casey

President, South Fairmount Community Council

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)