CINCINNATI -- Motorists who typically travel along Central Parkway need to note traffic pattern changes that are being put in place to accommodate the installation of new protected bike lanes.
Overall, the pathway will connect to the existing bike lanes on Ludlow Avenue, and to a new shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
"As part of the city of Cincinnati’s ongoing investment in Over-the-Rhine, the West End, and the CUF community, the Department of Transportation and Engineering is constructing protected bike lanes on Central Parkway from Elm Street to Marshall Avenue," the city wrote in a release.
The project contractor, Ford Development Corp., is conducting the following work:
- Installing bus stop islands from Charles Street to Liberty Street;
- Installing a raised protected bike lane to keep 15 parking spaces in front of the Brighton-Mohawk Building on Central Parkway, as requested by the property owner and approved by City Council;
- Widening the pavement at CSR Academy, 1812 Central Parkway to allow for bus parking for drop off and pick up of students;
- Widening the pavement at 2318 Central Parkway to allow for parking by residents, who do not have off-street parking; and
- Installing signage and line striping to create the new traffic pattern.
Beginning next week, the workers will start line-striping in designated areas.
The new traffic pattern changes the existing curb lanes into protected bike lanes, and introduces peak-hour parking restrictions along certain portions of Central Parkway.
The new "protected bike lane (or cycle track)" is similar to a regular bike lane except that bicycles and motor vehicle traffic are separated with a physical barrier (such as a series of plastic poles), instead of just a painted white stripe, according to the city's website.
Generally, there will be a 5-foot minimum bike lane in each direction against the outside curb along Central Parkway. Plans call for it to be separated from the rest of traffic by buffer zones of at least 3 feet.
Drivers are encouraged to reduce their speed and use caution when approaching the closure area.