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Streetcar Weekly Update: October 28, 2013

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For the week of October 28, 2013, the streetcar will have of a lot of highly visible progress on both the trackwork and at the Maintenance & Operations Facility site. As part of the city’s construction contract, the project is also involved with repairing public utilities. Here’s what to expect:

  • Trackwork will continue on Elm Street between 12th and Wade streets.

 

PUBLIC UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS AS PART OF STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION:

  • Water main installation will continue on Walnut Street near Court Street.
  • Additional sewer work will take place on Race Street between Henry and Findlay streets.
  • Underground gas work will be performed by Duke Energy on Main Street near 4th Street; on Walnut Street near 3rd Street; on Race Street near Henry Street; and on Race Street between Liberty and Green streets.
  • Underground electrical work will also be performed by Duke on 12th Street between Main and Elm streets; and on Race Street near 12th Street.
  • Cincinnati Bell will perform its infrastructure work on Elm Street between Henry and Liberty streets.
  • Conduit installation (tubing for electrical wires) for traffic signals will continue on Elm Street between Wade and Green streets; and on Race Street near Findlay Street.
  • Exploratory digging for utilities will start on Main Street near 4th Street

Streetcar Weekly Update: October 21, 2013

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For the week of October 21, 2013, the streetcar will have of a lot of highly visible progress on both the trackwork and at the Maintenance & Operations Facility site. As part of the city’s construction contract, the project is also involved with repairing public utilities. Here’s what to expect:


PUBLIC UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS AS PART OF STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION:

  • New sewer installation will continue on Elm at Liberty Street.
  • New water main installation will continue on Walnut from Central Parkway to 9th Street.
  • Drains on Elm from 12th to 15th streets will continue with undercutting, proof-rolling,  & concrete base work.
  • Underground gas line work will be conducted by Duke Energy on Race Street near Liberty.
  • Underground electrical work will be conducted by Duke Energy on 12th at Vine Street; and on Race near 12th Street.
  • Cincinnati Bell will perform work on Elm between Green and Findlay.
  • Conduit installation (tubing for electrical wires) for traffic signals will continue on Elm just north of Liberty; and on Race near 12th Street. Work will resume on Race near Findlay Street.
  • Exploratory digging for utilities will continue on Elm just north of Liberty. Work will resume on Race near Findlay Street

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.