Western Hills Viaduct Pipe Removal

  • Western Hills Viaduct Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Owner: Duke Energy
  • Fenton Project Manager: Bill Besl
  • Fenton Project Superintendent: Jim Schoborg

It takes a village to remove 1, 560 feet of 30-inch steel pipe. Contracted by Duke Energy, Fenton was charged with the task of removing the pipe from the utility trough on the second level of the Western Hills Viaduct. After engaging the assistance of the local police, railroad officials, city officials, utility companies and a trucking company, we were able to remove the pipe successfully, without incident.

Ground access was not permitted to the site due to the 22 live railroad tracks below the viaduct. Access on the lower level was also not permitted due to tight confinement of the area. Fenton had a special lifting beam engineered and fabricated so that the pipe could be hoisted out from above. The result was a seamless pipe removal.

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“I would like to extend our thanks and congratulations for a job well done. We witnessed a team of people who had planned out every detail in advance. Each contractor worked in concert with one another – knowing their duties and executing them with perfection. Safety was the number one priority. Please extend our appreciation to your workers. We are truly grateful for the hours of planning and coordination that went into this effort and the execution that made this such a great success.” - R. Bradley Motz, PE, NCEES