Jan. 26, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Ursula Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 513-352-3417
CINCINNATI – The first segment of overhead wire needed to power the Cincinnati Streetcar will be installed along Elm Street from 12th to Henry beginning at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28. Installation is expected to take several hours and should be complete by approximately 7:00 a.m.
The street will not be closed but motorists on Elm may be delayed periodically overnight as crews work their way up the nearly half-mile stretch from Music Hall to Findlay Market in Over-the Rhine.
"The installation of the overhead contact system wire is another milestone in the construction process,” said John Deatrick, project executive for the streetcar. “The wire transmits the electric current from the traction power substations to the streetcar vehicles. We will install several more segments of wire for the Over-the-Rhine loop between now and this spring.”
The wire, which will be held in place nearly 20 feet above the track by a series of poles, will carry a 750 volt DC electric current transmitted by the traction power substations along the route.
The wire should be assumed to “live,” or electrified, at all times. For safety reasons, the public is required to stay a minimum of 10 feet away from any streetcar wires.
Additional safety information for the general public, building owners and those performing non-transportation maintenance along the route will be forthcoming from the City of Cincinnati.
Photo Opportunity and Media Briefing
Deatrick will be available to answer safety and construction-related questions at a media briefing scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Music Hall streetcar stop on Elm Street.