Streetcar constructions means more downtown street closures

CINCINNATI -- Downtown commuters can expect more road closures as crews continue work on the Cincinnati streetcar.

Elm Street will be closed between 12th and 14th streets from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to allow crews to re-install granite pavers.

Drivers can detour west on 12th to Central Parkway, then north on Central Parkway to 14th before happing back onto Elm Street.

Meanwhile, work has finished at the 12th and Race diamond. The intersection has been closed for seven weeks to install switches and criss-cross tracks to permit the streetcar to cross over itself.

More work is yet to come though. Crews will be excavating for trackwork along Second Street and the Walnut and Main street bridges over Fort Washington Way on Sept. 2.

Officials said the work will proceed from the south side of Third Street on Walnut, cross Second Street and move up Main Street to the south side of Third Street. Crews said traffic will be minimally restricted during the work.

Between Sept. 2 and Opening Day 2015, crews will excavate trenches for tracks on the bridge and Second Street structures. They will also install straight track along Walnut and Main between Second and Third streets, and on Second Street between Walnut and Main; and perform other pavement work.

Officials said next fall, the crews will return to install the curved track at the intersections of Second and Walnut and Second and Main.

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