Infrastructure Improvements

Streetcar Digging Unearths Leaking Gas Pipe

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At the corner of 8th and Walnut Streets, nearby the Main Library, Saint Louis Church, and Taqueria Mercado, workers from Duke Energy discovered a leaking gas line while conducting exploratory digging for the Cincinnati Streetcar project. Crews immediately began repairing the line and installing new equipment.

Duke Energy is also performing maintenance on gas lines at Main Street and 4th Street; on Walnut Street near 3rd Street; at Race and Henry Streets; and on Race Street between Liberty and Green Streets.

As part of the city’s construction contract, crews from Duke Energy, Metropolitan Sewer District, the waterworks, Cincinnati Bell, and Time Warner Cable conduct exploratory digging along the route to relocate and perform maintenance on their respective utilities. Public utility improvements along the 3.6 mile route are financed through the funding the city has allocated for the streetcar project. According to John Deatrick, Streetcar Project Executive, as of October 25, 100 feet of ruptured sewer lines are being replaced on Elm Street, and a new water main is being installed at Walnut and Court Streets.

If not for the streetcar construction, the leaking gas lines may have continued to go unnoticed, potentially causing hazards to the surrounding businesses. Infrastructure renewal projects, like the gas line, will continue as streetcar construction progresses.

What’s that Giant Hole?

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You may have noticed some giant holes surrounded by wooden fencing appearing along the streetcar route. This is part of the utility relocation and improvement work being conducted by Duke Energy.

Recently, two of these giant holes were created near Washington Park on Race Street and 12th Street as Duke upgraded its power transformers. In a suburban neighborhood, these transformers are what you’d typically see up on poles, but in the city, they are buried underneath the street. Many of the old transformers in Over-the-Rhine are in need of modernization as they have been insulated with asbestos. Transformer upgrades are one of many utility improvements made possible by funding from the streetcar construction contract.

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Streetcar Weekly Update: October 28, 2013

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For the week of October 28, 2013, the streetcar will have of a lot of highly visible progress on both the trackwork and at the Maintenance & Operations Facility site. As part of the city’s construction contract, the project is also involved with repairing public utilities. Here’s what to expect:

  • Trackwork will continue on Elm Street between 12th and Wade streets.

 

PUBLIC UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS AS PART OF STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION:

  • Water main installation will continue on Walnut Street near Court Street.
  • Additional sewer work will take place on Race Street between Henry and Findlay streets.
  • Underground gas work will be performed by Duke Energy on Main Street near 4th Street; on Walnut Street near 3rd Street; on Race Street near Henry Street; and on Race Street between Liberty and Green streets.
  • Underground electrical work will also be performed by Duke on 12th Street between Main and Elm streets; and on Race Street near 12th Street.
  • Cincinnati Bell will perform its infrastructure work on Elm Street between Henry and Liberty streets.
  • Conduit installation (tubing for electrical wires) for traffic signals will continue on Elm Street between Wade and Green streets; and on Race Street near Findlay Street.
  • Exploratory digging for utilities will start on Main Street near 4th Street

Streetcar Weekly Update: October 21, 2013

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For the week of October 21, 2013, the streetcar will have of a lot of highly visible progress on both the trackwork and at the Maintenance & Operations Facility site. As part of the city’s construction contract, the project is also involved with repairing public utilities. Here’s what to expect:


PUBLIC UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS AS PART OF STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION:

  • New sewer installation will continue on Elm at Liberty Street.
  • New water main installation will continue on Walnut from Central Parkway to 9th Street.
  • Drains on Elm from 12th to 15th streets will continue with undercutting, proof-rolling,  & concrete base work.
  • Underground gas line work will be conducted by Duke Energy on Race Street near Liberty.
  • Underground electrical work will be conducted by Duke Energy on 12th at Vine Street; and on Race near 12th Street.
  • Cincinnati Bell will perform work on Elm between Green and Findlay.
  • Conduit installation (tubing for electrical wires) for traffic signals will continue on Elm just north of Liberty; and on Race near 12th Street. Work will resume on Race near Findlay Street.
  • Exploratory digging for utilities will continue on Elm just north of Liberty. Work will resume on Race near Findlay Street