Cincinnati Streetcar work to affect downtown, OTR traffic

CINCINNATI  – Several daytime and overnight road closures are scheduled to take place at various times over the next few weeks for extensive underground utility work associated with the Cincinnati Streetcar.

The closures in downtown and Over-the-Rhine are focused north and south between Eighth and Third streets, and east and west from Main to Walnut streets.

Some other streets are involved.

Daytime Closures for Sewer Lining Work: May 19-23 

“Lining large sewer pipes is a painstaking and specialized process,” said John Deatrick, project executive for the Cincinnati Streetcar. “Once the crew installs a lining, it takes a few more hours for the material to set up and cure properly."

Deatrick said the same crew has been hired to complete all the installations because it makes the most sense financially.

"This is the most efficient, cost-effective way for the contractor to accomplish all the labor-intensive steps necessary to modernize the sewer infrastructure as well as prepare the area for the streetcar,” he said.

Areas That Will Be Affected

1.  Green Street in Over-the-Rhine will be closed between Race and Pleasant streets from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, May 19, and again from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. Parking will not be allowed in this block of Green Street while the work is taking place.

Also, Race Street will be reduced to one southbound lane, as needed, to make way for additional equipment.

Detour signs will be posted. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

2.  The two north lanes of Third Street at Walnut Street and the two east lanes of Walnut will be closed from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 21. The remaining two lanes on both Third and Walnut will be open.

It's important to note that this work will take place during the evening rush hour. But a police officer will direct traffic at the intersection throughout the day.

3. The north lane of Eighth between Sycamore and Main streets and the west lane of Main at Eighth Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, May 22, and again from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23.

The remaining two lanes of Eighth Street and one lane of Main Street will be open.

A police officer will direct traffic at the intersection throughout the day, including the morning and evening rush hours while crews work.

Overnight closures for Water Main Tie-in Work: May 18-23 & May 27-31

Given the scale and scope of the water main tie-in projects, Deatrick explained why some of the work needs to be done overnight.

“The contractor must shut off water service to perform a tie-in between an existing main and a new main,” he said. “Each tie-in must be started and finished in one shift in order to restore water service as quickly as possible. The work is being done overnight to minimize the disruption to customers.”

Areas That Will Be Affected

4. Walnut Street between Fourth and Fifth streets will be closed overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day, starting Sunday, May 18 through Friday, May 23.

It will start again on the evening of Tuesday, May 27 through Saturday, May 31.

At the same time, Fourth Street will be closed from Walnut to Vine streets. Work is being suspended May 24 to May 26 to avoid disruption during the Taste of Cincinnati event.

Please be advised that westbound Fourth Street traffic will be limited to a left turn only at the Walnut Street intersection.

Detour: Motorists on Walnut will be detoured east at Fifth Street, south on Sycamore, then west on Third Street. Detour signs will be posted. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

5. Westbound Court Street will be closed nightly between Walnut and Main streets from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day, starting Sunday, May 18, through Tuesday, May 20.

6. The adjacent block of westbound Court Street will be closed nightly between Walnut and Vine streets from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day, starting Tuesday, May 20, through Thursday, May 22.

Detour signs will be posted. Two lanes on Walnut, as well as pedestrian and local access, will be maintained.

Information Updates
 
Construction schedules can change due to weather or unforeseen field conditions. Check www.roadmapcincy.com  or follow @roadmapcincy on Twitter for updates.

In addition, motorists should allow extra time when traveling in areas with construction or consider alternative routes to their intended destination. Bus riders should visit www.go-metro.com for updated route information.

The map below shows the locations for the closures (designated by numbers above):

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