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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.

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

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.

Dohoney: Finalized Construction Contract “Imminent”

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Milton Dohoney JrThings are moving very quickly now!

Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. released another statement today, following a blog post on Cincinnati.com, that a finalized construction contract is imminent.

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.