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Rubber Sleeves Arrive to set Rail in Concrete

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One day after the City of Cincinnati placed the first rail for the streetcar, construction contractor Delta Railroad unloaded a large spool of rubber sleeves at 12th and Elm Street to prepare for sealing the rail in concrete.  As part of the final steps in securing the new infrastructure, rubber sleeves are used to insulate the electrical current of the rail and protect surrounding utilities from being damaged by the high voltage.

The first piece of rail was laid around 11:30am on Tuesday, October 15.  By Wednesday afternoon, a total of five sets of the 80-foot lengths of rail had been laid along Elm Street, aligned to specifications on the rebar, and welded into place. The next step will be to outfit this rail with the rubber sleeves and pour concrete within the next week.

MPD construction contractors align a spool of rubber sleeves for the rail on Elm Street to prepare for pouring concrete.

First Rail Placed on Streetcar Route

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Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney, Streetcar Project Executive John Deatrick and more than 70 supporters gathered on Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine to see the first rail placed in the ground for the construction of the streetcar project.

About a dozen pieces of rail made by Steel Dynamics, Inc. of Columbia City, Indiana arrived by truck Tuesday morning. A crane lifted the 80-foot lengths of rail that are approximately 3,000 lbs each. Messer/Prues/Delta (MPD), the construction contractor, will spend the next two weeks adjusting the rails to align to specifications, covering them in a rubber sleeve, and placing and finishing the concrete in the track bed.

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While the rail work takes place on Elm Street, construction of the maintenance facility continues on Race Street. Additionally, utility work and track bed preparation is ongoing in areas throughout Over-the-Rhine and the Central Business District. Deatrick noted that in addition to building a streetcar, renewing utility infrastructure is part of the project contract. These necessary repairs to sewer, water, electric, and data lines will benefit both downtown and neighborhoods as the route progresses. Overall, construction on the Cincinnati Streetcar is proceeding on time and on budget.

The public will see the same rail installation process during the next year and half of construction on the entire 3.6-mile streetcar route:

  • MPD, the construction contractor, will dig a trench about 8 feet wide to excavate the track area
  • Then, they will tie and weld rebar in to the track bed to support the rails
  • After that, the rail is loaded onto the rebar
  • From there, MPD will spend the next two weeks or adjusting the rails to align to specifications, covering them in a rubber sleeve, and placing and finishing the concrete in the track bed.

This entire process for one area takes about a month.

Rail deliveries will occur about every two weeks through Spring 2015. There will be around 40 rail deliveries total.  The next several will be on Elm Street, as MPD continues to move north along Elm Street  In January 2014,  rail placement will begin on Race Street, south of Findlay Market.

Phase one construction update for week ending September 20

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If you’ve been in Washington Park by Elm Street, you’ve seen that we started removing pavers this week.

The granite pavers have to be taken out so we can prepare the track bed for the streetcar. But don’t worry – they’ll be back! Meser/Prus/Delta will clean the pavers and put them back in Elm Street once track work is finished.

Paver_removal_on_Elm

Open for business…
You can still get to Washington Park Garage from Elm Street at this time. Construction teams are also providing pedestrian crossings between Music Hall and Washington Park during this portion of construction.

What is trackwork, anyway?
Steel rails are just one part of the streetcar track. Building the track is a process. When we’re doing embedded trackwork, you’ll see us:

  • digging a trench
  • laying a gravel base
  • creating a steel rebar framework
  • laying ties & rails
  • pouring the concrete track slab

Obviously, it’s a bit more complicated than that. But as a general overview, that’s what you’ll see.

These photos from Messer/Prus/Delta (taken in Atlanta) illustrate the process.

Progress this week:

  • Demolition for the Maintenance & Operations Facility continued at 1910 Elm St. (east building). Soil is being stockpiled for the basement backfilling.
  • Exploratory digging for utilities continued on Race Street, between 14th and Liberty streets; and started on Central Parkway between Race and Walnut streets.
  • Conduit installation for traffic signals continued on Race between 14th and Green streets.
  • Water main installation continued on Central Parkway between Vine and Walnut streets.
  • New sewer installation continued on Elm Street by Washington Park; and started one block north, between 14th and 15th streets.
  • Paver removal began along Elm Street, next to Washington Park.
  • Duke Energy conducted underground gas work on Elm Street between 12th and Wade streets; and on Elm near Green Street.
  • Duke Energy also conducted underground electrical work on Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets; and on Walnut Street near Court Street.
  • Notification to businesses and residents concluded on Elm Street across from Washington Park and began on Elm Street between 14th and 15th streets.

Planned for next week:

  • Water main installation will continue on Walnut Street between Ninth Street and Central Parkway. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • Conduit installation for traffic signals will continue on Race Street between 13th and 15th streets. Work will start on Elm Street near Liberty Street; and on Race Street between Findlay and Henry streets. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • Exploratory digging will resume on Elm Street near Liberty Street. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • New sewer installation will continue on Elm Street between 14th and 15th street. 14th Street will be closed from Central Parkway to Race Street.
  • Demolition for the Maintenance & Operations Facility will continue at 1910 Elm St. (east building). Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • Paver removal will continue along Elm Street, next to Washington Park. Existing pavement and rail removal also will start along this stretch of Elm Street. Traffic will be limited to one lane. The entrance to Washington Park Garage will be maintained.
  • Duke Energy will conduct underground gas work on Race Street near Findlay Street; and on Race Street between Liberty and Elder streets.
  • Duke Energy will also conduct underground electrical work on Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets; and on Walnut Street near Court Street.
  • Notification to businesses and residents will continue on Elm Street between 14th and 15th streets.

Phase one construction update for week ending September 13

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MikeKingMeet Mike King, Messer/Prus/Delta’s Community Relations Leader for the Cincinnati Streetcar‘s construction phase.

Throughout construction, Mike will be doing outreach to businesses and residents along the Streetcar route.

You might see him putting up door hangers and talking to folks through the CBD and Over-the-Rhine. Don’t be surprised if you get a phone call from Mike or see him out on the street.

Welcome aboard, Mike!

Progress this week:

  • Business/resident notification started on Elm Street adjacent to Washington Park.
  • Backfilling the basement at 1911 Race St. (part of Maintenance & Operations Facility site) was completed, and soil began to be stockpiled for the larger building basement backfilling.
  • Demolition of the east building at 1910 Elm St. (also part of Maintenance & Operations Facility site) continued.
  • Exploratory digging for utilities continued on Race Street, between Findlay and Liberty streets.
  • New sanitary and storm installation commenced on Elm Street, by Washington Park.
  • Water main installation continued near Central Parkway and Walnut Street.
  • Conduit installation for traffic signals continued near 12th and Elm streets; at Findlay and Elm streets; and on Race Street between Findlay and Liberty streets. Work also began on Elm Street near Liberty Street.
  • Duke performed underground gas work along Elm Street between 12th and Wade streets; and on Race Street near Findlay Street.
  • Duke also did underground electrical work on Main Street near Ninth Street; on Race Street near Elder Street; and on Race next to SCPA.

Planned for next week:

  • Demolition of the east building at 1910 Elm St. (part of Maintenance & Operations Facility site) will continue. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • Exploratory digging will take place on Race Street between Liberty and 14th streets; and on Central Parkway between Race and Walnut streets. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • Conduit installation for traffic signals will continue on Race Street just north of Liberty Street. Work still start on Race Street between 14th and Liberty streets. Traffic will be maintained.
  • New sanitary and storm installation will continue on Elm Street next to Washington Park. Work will also start just one block north, on Elm Street between 14th and 15th streets. Access to & through 14th Street will be significantly reduced and closed from Central Parkway to Race Street periodically.
  • Cobblestone removal will start on Elm Street next to Washington Park, following the completion of gas work. Traffic will be limited to 1 lane. The entrance to the garage will be maintained.
  • Water main installation will continue near Central Parkway and Walnut Street.
  • Duke will perform underground gas work on Elm Street between 12th and Wade streets.
  • Duke will also conduct underground electrical work on Walnut Street near Court Street.
  • Business/resident notification will conclude on Elm Street by Washington Park. Notification will start the next block north, between 14th and 15th streets.