Central Parkway closes Monday for demolition of bridge to Music Hall

Central Parkway closes Monday for demolition of bridge to Music Hall
Posted at 4:19 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 16:19:35-04

CINCINNATI – Central Parkway will be closed to all traffic for as long as two weeks beginning Monday, Aug. 14, while crews demolish the pedestrian bridge to Music Hall.

Northbound traffic on Central Parkway will be detoured via 12th Street to Elm Street to Liberty Street.

To accommodate southbound traffic, Central Avenue will be converted temporarily from one-way to two-way between 12th, Ezzard Charles Drive and Liberty.  Parking will not be allowed on this stretch of Central Avenue during the conversion.

On-street parking, the bike lane, sidewalks and access to the Town Center Garage remain off limits.

Demolition of the bridge, which connects Town Center Garage and WCET to Music Hall, comes after recent city inspections showed the span was seriously deteriorated and in danger of imminent failure.

Demotion started this week with crews using hand tools to remove the east and west ends of the bridge and the canopy, parapet, wall sections and floor. The last major step will be to remove the bridge’s steel superstructure.

The supporting piers, which are structurally sound, will be left in place and used as part of a replacement bridge. Temporary safety railings will be installed on both ends of the bridge where it connects to Music Hall and WCET.

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