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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

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.

Utility relocation work to close W. Fifth and Walnut Streets this weekend

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This is a message we received from Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. yesterday:

Duke Energy will be working this weekend at the intersection of Fifth and Walnut Streets to relocate underground electric facilities. This work is being performed in conjunction with the Cincinnati Streetcar project.

W. Fifth Street will be closed between Vine Street and Main Street. Walnut Street will be closed between E. Sixth Street and E. Fourth Street.

This closure will be put in place on July 12, 2013 at 6 p.m. and will remain in place until July 15, 2013 at 6 a.m.

Walnut Street access to the Fountain Square Garage will be maintained, as will emergency traffic.

A marked detour will direct motorists around the closure site. Metro bus service will be detoured around the area.

Duke’s work will be performed generally between 7 a.m and 9 p.m., with minimally disruptive work taking place during nighttime hours.

Drivers are encouraged to reduce their speed and use caution when approaching the closure area.

Thank you for your patience during construction for the Cincinnati Streetcar. We’re doing our best to minimize impacts to residents, businesses and workers, but we understand this work can be an inconvenience from time to time. Once complete, the streetcar will help bring more jobs, more development, and more people to the city of Cincinnati!

As a reminder, please help keep workers safe: Use caution and drive safely through work areas.