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.
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.
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.
This is just more good news on top of the additional $5 million federal grant for the project and the ongoing utility relocation work. Once this contract is signed work can begin on other elements of the project including track and overhead wire work.
Additional information, about construction work on the Cincinnati Streetcar Maintenance Facility, will also reportedly be issued in the near future. But for now, here’s the update from City Manager Dohoney:
With City Council’s approval of $17.4 million, as well as the award of an additional $5 million in federal dollars in funding to the streetcar project, the streetcar project is sufficiently funded to proceed with the award of a construction contract to Messer/Prus/Delta Railroad JV (MPD), the low bidder.
The Administration is in the final stages of those discussions and we expect that to be executed in the immediate future.
The project team has been meeting regularly with MPD to discuss additional cost and schedule changes related to the delay between the anticipated Notice to Proceed (NTP) date of April 8, 2013 and the new award date.
MPD has requested additional funding in the amount of $492,933 related to increased costs for materials and labor resulting from this delay. This is covered in the current project budget.
As discussed before Council, the Administration was not able to negotiate the final contract provisions and associated costs until the money was available. No reductions to contract scope are included in this contract.
We’re very glad that the MPD team has remained committed over the last few months and it underscores our confidence that they are the right choice for our project.
The project team has reviewed MPD’s request and has concluded that the costs are reasonable and represent estimated costs associated with the delay in contract award, as well as the risk that Messer and City are willing to take due to this delay.