Project Update

Phase one construction progress for week of August 12

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If you look around most places in the center city you’ll see construction work taking place. In many instances it is private real estate development, but there are also a number of public works projects, including our very own modern streetcar system.

The big news out this week was that new project executive John Deatrick believes the Over-the-Rhine portion of phase one could be operational as early as 2015. It is still expected that the full phase one route won’t become operational until September 2016, but this is encouraging news nevertheless.

In the meantime, here’s another project update from city officials on the status of phase one construction work for the Cincinnati Streetcar:

Utilities were hooked up at the construction trailer on the maintenance facility site (corner of Race and Henry).

There have been several news reports on the construction team’s progress as Messer/Prus/Delta and John Deatrick, project executive, have come aboard. The construction team is looking for all opportunities to be the most efficient in staging the work.

Progress for the Week of August 12
Roadwork includes exploratory digging, cutting in the streets, and utility relocation where necessary. Streets will remain open, though there may be some lane restrictions:

  • Elm between 12th and 15th streets
  • Central Parkway between Race and Walnut streets

Progress for the Week of August 19
Roadwork includes exploratory digging, cutting in the streets, and utility relocation where necessary. Streets will remain open, though there may be some lane restrictions:

  • Elm between 12th and 15th streets
  • Central Parkway between Race and Walnut streets
  • Walnut Street between 3rd and 7th streets

Progress for the Week of August 26
Roadwork includes exploratory digging, cutting in the streets, and utility relocation where necessary. Streets will remain open, though there may be some lane restrictions:

  • Central Parkway between Race and Walnut street
  • Elm between 12th Street and Liberty streets
  • Walnut Street between 5th and 7th streets

Construction work progresses while John Deatrick begins first week as project executive

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Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. has issued another project update on phase one work of the Cincinnati Streetcar.

Now that the construction contract has been agreed upon and signed, the Messer/Prus/Delta Railroad JV team has begun their work. They have even installed a construction trailer at the northern terminus of the phase one route.

Here are the full details from the update:

Messer/Prus/Delta Railroad JV (MPD), the City’s streetcar construction contractor, has begun work full force — assembling their team, completing agreements with subcontractors, placing orders for materials, getting permits, and developing a construction schedule.

John Deatrick began his first full week on the streetcar project as the Project Executive, joining Chris Eilerman as the Project Manager.

MPD placed a construction trailer at the future location of the maintenance and operations facility at Race & Henry Streets. This will open soon as the construction office for the project.

Construction for Week of August 12:

  • Duke is working on gas lines on Elm St. in Over-the-Rhine.
  • Duke is working on electric utilities on Walnut St. in the Central Business District.
  • MPD crews will be working on Elm St. between 12th and 14th Streets.
  • MPD Crews will be working on Central Pkwy. between Race and Walnut Streets.

Streets will be open.

Streetcar Construction Trailer
Streetcar Construction Trailer on Henry Street

Hundreds attend second monthly Streetcar Social at Rhinegeist

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Last night was great! It was the second monthly Streetcar Social hosted by Cincinnatians for Progress.

Mayor Mallory at Streetcar Social

Around 200 streetcar supporters, including Cincinnati Mayor Mallory and several City Council members, showed up to Rhinegeist to socialize and learn more about the current status of the project.

One thing that Mayor Mallory discussed was the maintenance operation facility, which will be built just around the corner from Rhinegeist at Henry Street and Race Street. He revealed that work would soon begin on the facility and informed us all that it will be called the Center of Advanced Streetcar Technology, or COAST for short. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

City signs construction contract, phase one opening set for September 2016

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The City of Cincinnati signed a contract for construction of the Cincinnati Streetcar system yesterday with Messer/Prus/Delta JV.

According to City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr., the signed contract means that materials will be ordered and preparation for construction of the trackway, Maintenance & Operations Facility (MOF), power system (including overhead power lines and substations), and station stops can begin immediately.

Duke Utility Relocation - Image Provided
Duke Utility Relocation – Image Provided

Due to the delays in signing the contract, City Manager Dohoney says that the contract price has gone up $492,933, which will be covered through the project’s contingency funds that are already in place.

The vast majority of the increased costs come from increased material ($240,000) and labor ($215,648) expenses. The remainder came from increased cold weather protection ($30,000) and increased bonding costs ($7,285).

Following the allocation of this money, the city will still have another $9.4 million in the project’s contingency fund.

The update from City Hall also included new project schedule milestones. It is now anticipated that test track and MOF substantial completion will be March 1, 2015. Track work, meanwhile, in Over-the-Rhine will be substantially complete by June 29, 2015 and completion on all of phase one work is anticipated for March 15, 2016.

Should these contract milestones hold up, city officials believe passenger service will commence on September 15, 2016 – just in time for the Bengals regular season.

Utility relocation work is continuing throughout Over-the-Rhine and the Central Business District. Over the weekend, intensive utility work by Duke Energy took place along Walnut Street at Fifth Street. Work, the city manager says, will continue along Walnut Street this week and gas main relocation will begin along Elm Street in OTR this week as well.