The streetcar project is taking a turn, literally, and that means eastbound Central Parkway between Vine and Walnut is being closed for a few days. The closure runs from 6 Thursday night through 7 Monday morning.
Crews will be installing a section of curved track, one of the turns in the 3.6 mile loop that will connect The Banks to Findlay Market through Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Project Executive John Deatrick said this is a major milestone as track work crosses into Cincinnati's Central Business District.
Attention graphic designers and marketing firms: now's your chance to layout your vision for the Cincinnati Streetcar.
Metro has released a Request for Proposals for branding the streetcar including a logo and guidelines for how it should be used on everything "related to streetcar operations, including vehicles, signs, operators’ uniforms, website, and printed materials."
You'll need to work fast, the deadline for submissions is Friday, May 23.
Downtown Cincinnati is full of flashing construction arrow signs and traffic cones blocking streets...causing delays for workers and visitors.
City spokeswoman Meg Olberding said it is part of a "growth explosion."
“In my time at the city, I don’t remember quite this much construction happening in a concentrated area of the CBD, The banks and Over-the-Rhine,” Olberding said. “Obviously you do one thing one place, and it has a ripple effect.”
There are various projects including streetcar construction, Duke Energy utility work and private developments.
Cincinnati officials now say the nearly three week pause in construction on the city's streetcar project cost nearly $1 million. That includes more than $637,000 for contractors.
“Cost directly associated with the pause itself for MPD and its subcontractors,” said Chris Eilerman, streetcar project manager. “So it’s largely go to be down time, idle equipment time, those kind of costs basically incurred during the pause itself.”
MPD is a partnership of three companies working on the streetcar project. They include Messer, Prus, and Delta.