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Thanksgiving Treat Surprises Streetcar Construction Workers

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, streetcar supporters delivered several dozen waffles from Taste of Belgium to construction workers along the streetcar route Wednesday morning. Over 200 workers are employed with hands-on jobs along the 3.6 mile route, meaning they’ve been laboring in snow and below freezing temperatures during the past several days. With the new anti-streetcar City Council in office, these workers also face the possibility of being laid off just weeks before Christmas if councilmembers vote to pause or cancel the project.

Construction crews working for Messer/Prus/Delta are primarily local contractors hailing from neighborhoods such as Loveland, North College Hill, Walnut Hills, and East Price Hill. We are grateful for the dedication and hard work these companies are contributing to build new infrastructure and make Cincinnati a better place for all.

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Streetcar Construction Awards $12.5M in Contracts to Minority-Owned Businesses

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Messer, Prus, Delta (MPD), constructor of the Cincinnati Streetcar, today reported they have met their inclusion goal of the project, awarding 18% of construction contracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). A DBE is defined as a small business owned and operated by minorities or women. recognized as socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

The contracts total more than $12.5 million to nine companies with DBE certification. MPD is building the 3.6-mile streetcar loop with total construction costs estimated at $70 million.

The streetcar project receives money from the federal government as well as local sources, and therefore, the project must use a DBE goal rather than a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) goal as seen in other locally-funded building projects.

The DBE goal for the civil construction contract for the streetcar project is 18%. The goal was based on an analysis of the highly-specialized scopes of work outlined in the construction contract, and available registered DBEs in the area. Disadvantaged businesses are involved in many areas of the construction, including: preparing streets for rail, building the Maintenance & Operations Facility, installing the street signalization and poles, and the station stops.

“MPD is committed to inclusion and we are pleased to have met the 18% DBE goal for construction contracts,” said Mark Luegering, senior vice president of Messer Construction Co. “We sought-out disadvantaged businesses during the bid period and award of contracts to play a significant role in construction and are pleased with the quality of our subcontractors.”

DBE Firms awarded contracts include:

Construction work is on schedule to be completed fall 2016.

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.

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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.