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.
Downtown drivers can expect Seventh Street to be down to one lane between Main and Walnut streets starting Monday, due to electric utility work for the streetcar project.
Main Street is also being reduced to one lane between Sixth and Seventh streets. There will be no left turn on to Main Street from Seventh and motorists are advised to get to Main Street via Sycamore to Sixth Street.
The lane closures will last for about a month, said John Deatrick, the project executive for the Cincinnati streetcar project.
A Cincinnati Council Committee tasked with overseeing the streetcar project wants more information on different ways to pay for it. Those funds could be used to extend it to the Uptown area near the University of Cincinnati, or for dollars to operate the loop now being built in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.
The Major Transportation Committee Tuesday asked for more details on special improvement districts or special assessment districts.