Tuesday, June 9, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Ursula Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 513-352-3417
CINCINNATI – Third Street will be closed between Main and Broadway from 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 12, till 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 15, so crews may install track on Main Street for the Cincinnati Streetcar. One through lane of Main Street will remain open.
Motorists traveling to Third Street will be detoured either north or south via Broadway, depending on their intended destination.
For motorists heading north on Broadway, the detour will be west on Fourth, south on Walnut to Third Street.
For motorists heading south on Broadway or exiting U.S. 50/Columbia Parkway, the detour will be south on Broadway, east on Pete Rose Way, south on Mehring Way, north on Joe Nuxhall/Main Street at The Banks.
Local access to businesses, residences and parking will be maintained from Sycamore, as well as pedestrian access.
Detour signage will be posted.
MOTORISTS BE AWARE: There will be additional detours in the southeast area of downtown this weekend due to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s planned closure of southbound I-71 at the Lytle Tunnel. Additional detour information will be forthcoming.
Other streetcar work
To the west of Main Street, crews are paving Walnut from Third to Fourth, and are grinding and milling in preparation for paving from Fourth to Seventh. The paving work in this stretch is expected to be finished later this month.
Construction activities will continue on Walnut through this fall, though the impact to motorists will be limited to periodic, short-term lane closures. Crews are on schedule to finish paving the entire Walnut Street leg of the streetcar route from Central Parkway to Second Street by August. Other work on Walnut during the same period includes the installation of traffic signals, sidewalk and paver restoration, as well hanging overhead wire that will power the streetcar.
Crews are expected to finish track work on Main Street from Central Parkway to Second Street by November. This is the last, major stretch of the route whose track is still under construction.
Crews will finish construction of the northern part of the route, known as the Over-the-Rhine loop, next month. Vehicle testing for the OTR loop is scheduled to begin this September.