Downtown Construction Booming: September Especially Busy

Sept. 1, 2014

Downtown Construction Booming: September Especially Busy

Downtown Cincinnati is undergoing a commercial and residential construction boom with multiple projects currently in process, near completion or starting in the Over-the-Rhine, the Central Business District and at The Banks.

The first half of September is going to be especially busy for several high-profile projects in the Central Business District and on the riverfront.

Work on the Cincinnati Streetcar, Carol Ann's Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park, General Electric’s new U.S. Global Operations Center at The Banks, and demolition to make room for a new Holiday Inn, among other projects, will require street and pedestrian detours.

"Downtown's construction boom is great news for the economic vitality of our city," said Scott Stiles, interim city manager. "However, we recognize construction creates challenges for motorists and pedestrians in the short term. The city will continue to share detour information and guidance on how best to navigate around construction sites."

The work includes:

  • Preparation for construction of the GE office building: Starts Sept. 8. Full-scale construction will begin in late September, continuing through 2016.
  • The installation of a tower crane at the GE construction site: Sept. 15-18
  • Streetcar track installation and surface preparation along Second Street and on the Walnut and Main street bridges over Fort Washington: Starts Sept. 2 with other track-related work to continue through March 2015.
  • Demolition of the parking garage at Sycamore and Seventh streets for the future Holiday Inn: Begins Sept. 8-Oct. 6. Construction continues through fall 2016.
  • Steel and glass installation on Carol Ann's Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park: Sept. 2-14
  • Streetcar track installation on Walnut at Ninth Street: Sept. 5-8
  • Gas main and MSD sewer on Main Street between 5th and 6th streets: Sept. 5-8
  • Gas main at the intersection of Walnut and Central Parkway: Sept. 8-12

Ongoing underground utility improvements include:

  • Electric work on Sixth, between Main and Walnut and north on Main
  • Electric vault reconstruction on Main between Gano Alley and Seventh streets

Details about additional traffic restrictions will be announced closer to the effective dates for all work.

The City is carefully coordinating the issuance of permits that affect streets and sidewalks to minimize disruption to residents, businesses and workers.

Check the City’s RoadmapCincy communications platform for updates: