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CINCINNATI – The Main and Walnut street bridges over Fort Washington Way, as well as the south halves of those intersections on Third Street, remain closed until 4:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, so crews can continue to prepare the area for the installation of track for the Cincinnati Streetcar.
“The contractor is modifying the street grades at these intersections to provide a smooth ride for both cars and the streetcar,” said John Deatrick, project executive.
The reconstruction will be done in phases to reduce potential traffic congestion, starting this week with the south half of Main and Walnut. The north half of Walnut and Third will done Oct. 16-20. The north half of Main and Third will be done in mid November.
Third Street between Sycamore and Walnut has been reduced to two through lanes, which includes the north turn lane closest to the curb. This change in the normal traffic pattern will be in place for this week only.
Detour signs are posted to alert motorists and pedestrians. Motorists traveling south on Walnut are being detoured along Third to Race to Second. Northbound motorists are being detoured to Vine, or via the Second Street ramp to Pete Rose Way to Broadway.
In addition, Cincinnati police are stationed at Third and Sycamore, Third and Walnut, Third and Race, and Second and Race from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily to assist with traffic flow by manually controlling traffic signals at each of these intersections.
From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., police are stationed at Pete Rose Way and the Second Street ramp, Pete Rose Way and Broadway, Third and Broadway, Fourth and Broadway, Third and Sycamore, and Third and Walnut to assist with traffic flow by manually controlling traffic signals at each of these intersections. Motorists traveling from I-71 southbound are encouraged to turn right on Broadway to Fourth Street as they head into town.
The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) is temporarily relocating its stop on the east side of Main, just south of Fourth, to the north side of Fourth, mid-block between Sycamore and Main, in front of Wendy’s. It will be in place for this week only.
The east sidewalk on Walnut and west sidewalk on Main over Fort Washington Way remain open. A flagger is assisting pedestrians crossing the west side of Third at Main 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. See attached map.
After reconstruction of the intersections is complete, crews will continue to prep this U-shaped stretch of the streetcar’s 3.8-mile route. Track is scheduled to be installed there beginning in mid to late November with plans to finish before the 2015 Reds Opening Day.
Other streetcar work
Meanwhile, crews continue to excavate, prep and install track on the north end of the streetcar route near Findlay Market. Track will be installed on Walnut Street between Sixth and Eighth streets through late October.
In addition, Main Street north of Central Parkway is reduced to one lane until 4:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. Main Street south of Central Parkway has two lanes and one through lane during the same period. All lanes on Central Parkway remain open.
The restrictions allow crews to tie in valves on a water main as part of streetcar-related infrastructure improvements. Additional tie-ins will take place in the same area Oct. 13-17 and Oct. 20-24.
Signs will be posted to let motorists know which lanes are closed. Arrow boards also will be posted to direct motorists around the site.
Please see the attached map and schedule for major streetcar work in the Central Business District in October.