Greenway construction brings street closures, traffic issues

Posted at 4:30 AM, Mar 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 06:30:20-05

CINCINNATI -- Construction on the Lick Run Greenway has been going on for eight months. 

Engineers said the project is on track, but it's far from done. In the meantime, traffic remains a challenge.

"We have about another 10 months, 11 months to get all of the hard features in," Pat Arnette, the deputy director of engineering for Metropolitan Sewer District Deputy Director.

They're building a 1.5-mile-long stormwater tunnel. Above it, a natural stream lined with trees and greenery will flow. The $90 million project will redirect water to Mill Creek during storms, helping prevent raw sewage and stormwater pouring through local combined sewer overflows. 

The project has caused major traffic disruptions with roads closed for weeks or months. 

"Right now, the traffic is a challenge," Arnette said. "We're replacing five bridges with this project."

White Street closed between Queen City and Westwood this week. It's expected to last three weeks. MSD is advising drivers to plan alternate routes.

The Harrison Avenue bridge between Queen City and Westwood should reopen within the next two months. Officials hope that will be a big relief for West Side drivers.