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Phase one construction progress for week of August 19

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The Cincinnati Streetcar‘s most visible sign of progress begins next week: demolition of two vacant buildings at the corner of Henry and Race streets in Over-the-Rhine.

They’re being removed for the Cincinnati Streetcar’s Maintenance and Operations Facility, or MOF. The MOF will have a high bay area (for storage and light maintenance of streetcar vehicles and equipment) and an outdoor storage track.

Also, the MOF will have offices, locker rooms, break facilities and a small parking lot for streetcar operators and staff.

The facility can be expanded in the future to accommodate up to 12 streetcar vehicles as the system grows. Messer/Prus/JV estimates demolition should take about six weeks.

This week’s progress:

  • Hooked up lights & air conditioning at construction trailer near the MOF
  • Asbestos abatement at MOF site
  • Exploratory digging for utilities around the corner of 12th and Elm streets
  • Underground excavation around the corner of 12th and Elm streets
  • Underground gas work on Elm (from 14th to Green streets)
  • Underground electrical work on Walnut (from 5th to 7th) and on Walnut (from 3rd to 4th streets)

Planned for next week:

  • Demolition at the MOF site
  • Exploratory digging on Elm (from 12th to Henry) and on Race (near Henry). Traffic will be minimally restricted.
  • Underground excavation on Elm (near Liberty and near Henry). Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • Conduit installation on on 12th (near Elm) and on Elm (near Henry). Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • New sanitary and storm installation on Elm (from 12th to 15th). 14th Street will be closed from Central Parkway to Elm; traffic will be detoured.
  • Underground gas work in on Elm (from 14th to Green streets)
  • Underground electrical work on Walnut (from 5th to 7th) and on Walnut (from 3rd to 4th streets)

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Phase one construction progress for week of August 12

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If you look around most places in the center city you’ll see construction work taking place. In many instances it is private real estate development, but there are also a number of public works projects, including our very own modern streetcar system.

The big news out this week was that new project executive John Deatrick believes the Over-the-Rhine portion of phase one could be operational as early as 2015. It is still expected that the full phase one route won’t become operational until September 2016, but this is encouraging news nevertheless.

In the meantime, here’s another project update from city officials on the status of phase one construction work for the Cincinnati Streetcar:

Utilities were hooked up at the construction trailer on the maintenance facility site (corner of Race and Henry).

There have been several news reports on the construction team’s progress as Messer/Prus/Delta and John Deatrick, project executive, have come aboard. The construction team is looking for all opportunities to be the most efficient in staging the work.

Progress for the Week of August 12
Roadwork includes exploratory digging, cutting in the streets, and utility relocation where necessary. Streets will remain open, though there may be some lane restrictions:

  • Elm between 12th and 15th streets
  • Central Parkway between Race and Walnut streets

Progress for the Week of August 19
Roadwork includes exploratory digging, cutting in the streets, and utility relocation where necessary. Streets will remain open, though there may be some lane restrictions:

  • Elm between 12th and 15th streets
  • Central Parkway between Race and Walnut streets
  • Walnut Street between 3rd and 7th streets

Progress for the Week of August 26
Roadwork includes exploratory digging, cutting in the streets, and utility relocation where necessary. Streets will remain open, though there may be some lane restrictions:

  • Central Parkway between Race and Walnut street
  • Elm between 12th Street and Liberty streets
  • Walnut Street between 5th and 7th streets

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.