City of Cincinnati

Temporary Closure: Utility Relocation at Government Square

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As streetcar construction nears Government Square, utility relocation and renewal will close the bus hub from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., starting Tuesday, February 25. This construction is expected to take several days.

All Metro routes currently served at the stops A, B and C (Rts. 11, 33, 17, 19, 24, 46, 43) will be moved to Area E on Fifth Street. Signs will notify Metro riders of pick up and drop off locations. Metro will have extra employees stationed at Government Square to help riders and a police officer will direct traffic during the construction.

Located on Fifth Street between Walnut and Main Streets, Government Square is Metro’s largest transit hub. More than 15,000 people use Government Square each weekday.

Streetcar Update: December 20, 2013

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Yesterday, Cincinnati City Council voted to restart streetcar construction after a three week pause to audit the project. Here’s what’s coming up over the next two weeks:

Thursday, Dec. 26

  • Rail delivery on Elm Street (Findlay to McMicken). Elm Street will be closed from 11am-4pm.

Friday, Dec. 27 & Saturday, Dec. 28

  • Rail installation resumes north of Findlay Market

Monday, Dec. 30

  • Rebar installation resumes on Elm Street, north of Findlay Market.
  • Building wood forms for trackwork resumes north of Findlay Market, with concrete placement expected Jan. 2-3.
  • Work resumes on traffic signals and poles for overhead power.
  • Water main work resumes on Walnut & Main streets.

Thursday, Jan. 2

  • Excavation for trackwork resumes at Findlay & Elm streets.

Project Executive to present Cost to Cancel Streetcar

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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.

Follow the event on Facebook, or tune into Twitter and follow the hashtag #CincyStreetcar. If you are unable to attend the meeting, it will be broadcast live online.

Special Cincinnati City Council Finance Committee Meeting
Purpose: Estimation of the cost of canceling the Cincinnati Streetcar
Date and Time: Thursday, November 21st at Noon
Where: City Hall, 801 Plum Street, 45202, Council Chambers, Third Floor
(extra seating in the gallery, Fourth Floor)

Streetcar Weekly Update: November 18, 2013

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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.



  • 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.
  • 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.