Wednesday, March 15, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Ursula Thomas Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 513.352.3417
CINCINNATI – Walnut Street will be reduced to two through lanes of traffic between Court and Ninth beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 20, through Thursday, March 23, so crews may repair the concrete streetcar track slab along this stretch of the Cincinnati Bell Connector route.
The work will require the suspension of streetcar service in the Central Business District after normal operating hours end at 11:00 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Service in the CBD is expected to resume by its normal start time of 6:30 a.m. Friday, March 24. Streetcar service in Over-the-Rhine will operate on its regular schedule while the repair work is under way.
“With input from City Council and after carefully considering several options, we decided the most efficient and safest approach would be to restrict streetcar and vehicular traffic until the concrete has fully cured,” said City Manager Harry Black. “We regret the inconvenience it will cause but believe it is the best solution for the long term.”
The repairs include two locations in the downtown loop where the concrete that holds the track in place has deteriorated, one at the intersection of Court and Walnut and the other at Walnut and Ninth. After excavating damaged concrete and replacing rebar in the track slab, crews will pour new concrete, which must then be allowed to harden enough to bear the weight of the streetcar and motor vehicles.
While service is suspended, the streetcar contractor will take the opportunity to inspect the CBD part of the 3.6-mile route and perform other maintenance, as needed. In addition, utility crews may perform maintenance that could require short, intermittent closures along the route. Updates will be posted via Twitter @RoadmapCincy.
Crews will work 24/7 to finish as soon as possible and reduce the amount of time streetcar service is suspended. Crews, which will use compressors and jackhammers to excavate, have been granted a waiver to the city’s ordinance that precludes nighttime work.
Motorists on Walnut will be directed around the work sites at Court to Ninth. Motorists traveling on Ninth will not be allowed to turn onto Walnut. Detour signs will be posted.
Law enforcement officers also will be on site to help maintain crew safety in the work zones. Pedestrians will be directed to cross Walnut at nearby crosswalks. Caution signs also will be posted on site to alert motorists.
Please see the map below, which shows detours, lane restrictions and work sites.