In the spirit of Thanksgiving, streetcar supporters delivered several dozen waffles from Taste of Belgium to construction workers along the streetcar route Wednesday morning. Over 200 workers are employed with hands-on jobs along the 3.6 mile route, meaning they’ve been laboring in snow and below freezing temperatures during the past several days. With the new anti-streetcar City Council in office, these workers also face the possibility of being laid off just weeks before Christmas if councilmembers vote to pause or cancel the project.
Construction crews working for Messer/Prus/Delta are primarily local contractors hailing from neighborhoods such as Loveland, North College Hill, Walnut Hills, and East Price Hill. We are grateful for the dedication and hard work these companies are contributing to build new infrastructure and make Cincinnati a better place for all.
Have you heard people referring to the Cincinnati Streetcar as a “trolley?” It’s a dated and inaccurate term. Here’s why:
Streetcar Project Executive, John Deatrick, will be giving his estimate of the cost to cancel the Cincinnati Streetcar at a special meeting of the Finance Committee, Thursday, November 21, at 12:00pm.
Open to the public, the presentation will take place at City Hall in council chambers on the Third Floor. There will be no public comment taken but supporters are encouraged to attend.
(extra seating in the gallery, Fourth Floor)
For the week of November 18, 2013, the streetcar will continue installation of rail and proceed with track construction near Findlay Market. The Maintenance & Operations Facility site continues a two-week process of installing new sewers as backfilling nears completion. As part of the city’s construction contract, the project is also involved with repairing public utilities. Here’s what to expect:
- Concrete base work for the track will continue on Elm Street between 12th and Green streets.
- Rail installation will continue on Elm Street between 15th and Wade streets. Work will start on Elm between Wade and Green streets.
- Replacement of granite pavers will continue on Elm Street.
- Existing pavement removal will start on Elm Street near Green Street.
- Pier work for the building foundation will start at the Maintenance & Operations Facility. (Piers anchor deep into sturdy soil to support the weight of the building, making it structurally sound.)
- Backfilling for the Maintenance & Operations Facility will continue at Henry and Race streets.
PUBLIC UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS AS PART OF STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION:
- Water main installation will continue on Walnut Street near 8th Street. Work will start on Main Street near 4th Street.
- Installation of conduit (tubing for electrical wires) for traffic signals will continue on Race Street near Findlay Street. Work will start on 2nd Street near Main Street.
- New sewer installation will continue on Race Street near 13th Street. Work will start on Race near 14th Street.
- Storm sewer work will continue at the Maintenance & Operations Facility; and on Race Street near Findlay Street.
- Duke Energy will be doing underground gas work on Main Street between 4th and 5th streets; and on Race Street near Green and Elder streets.
- Duke will also do underground electrical work on 12th Street near Vine and Race streets.
- Telecom work will take place on Elm Street near Green Street; on Race Street near Green and Liberty streets; on Race near 14th and 15th streets; and on Race near 12th Street.
- Exploratory digging for utilities will continue on Walnut Street between 6th and 9th streets.