Streetcar Progress Update: Nov. 1, 2013

Streetcar Progress Update: Week Ending Nov. 1, 2013

Construction for the Cincinnati Streetcar remains on schedule and on budget.

That's the main takeaway from the September Monthly Report released yesterday.

Also this week, Project Executive John Deatrick, Project Manager Chris Eilerman, SORTA Rail Manager Paul Grether and SORTA Grants Administrator Vicki Fink met with officials from the Federal Transit Administration to review current work and discuss financing possibilities for the next phase.

Some Nerdy Facts About Rail:

Types of rail

Above are 3 types of rail used around the world.

GIRDER RAIL (left), also called grooved rail, is used throughout Europe on streetcar and tram systems. It's no longer made in America, so we couldn't use it for the Cincinnati Streetcar. (However, it was used for the old Cincinnati Street Railway system, so it's what you saw us pull out of Elm Street.)

BLOCK RAIL (middle) is a relatively new product that some cities are trying out. We had concerns about its performance, so we opted not to use it.

TEE RAIL (right) is what we're using for the streetcar. It's used by American railroads (and is made here in America!). You can see it doesn't have a built-in flangeway for the wheel flange to ride in, so that part's molded into the concrete.

Traffic Info

Trackwork is continuing on schedule, north up Elm Street.

  • To accommodate a rail delivery, Elm will be closed between 14th and Liberty streets on Monday, Nov. 11, from 9am-2pm.
  • 15th Street will be closed between Race and Elm daily, from 7am-5pm (to accommodate trackwork in the intersection of Elm and 15th streets).

Sewer work is continuing at the Maintenance & Operations Facility site.

  • Race Street will be closed between Henry and Findlay streets with access for Metro maintained.** (From start to finish, the closure will last about 2 weeks.)
  • **This closure might begin as soon as Thursday; however, stay tuned next week for a Traffic Alert with specific dates.

Progress This Week:

  • Backfilling continued at Henry and Race streets for the Maintenance & Operations Facility (MOF).
  • Storm sewer work continued at the MOF site.
  • Exploratory digging for utilities started on Main Street near 4th Street.
  • Traffic control conduit installation continued on Elm Street between Wade and Green streets; and on Race Street near Findlay Street.
  • Water main installation continued on Walnut Street between 9th Street and Central Parkway.
  • New sewer installation continued on Elm Street between Wade and Green streets. Work started on Elm Street near Green and Elder streets.
  • Pavement removal continued on Elm Street between 15th and Wade streets.
  • Track concrete base work continued on Elm Street between 12th Street and Wade Street.
  • Rail deliveries and installation continued on Elm Street between 12th and 14th streets.
  • Duke Energy conducted underground gas work on Race Street between Liberty and Green streets. Work began at Walnut and 3rd streets; and at Main and 4th streets.
  • Duke Energy also conducted underground electrical work on 12th Street near Vine and Race streets.
  • Telecom work took place on Elm Street near Green and Elder streets; on Race Street between 15th and Liberty streets; and on Walnut Street near 6th Street.
  • Business surveys and notification to residents started on Elm Street near Green and Elder streets.

Planned For Next Week:

  • Water main installation will continue on Walnut Street between 9th Street and Central Parkway.
  • Traffic control conduit installation will continue on Elm Street between Wade and Green streets; and on Race Street near Findlay Street. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • New sewer installation will continue on Elm Street near Green and Elder streets. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • Backfilling will continue at Henry and Race streets for the MOF. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times; pedestrians will be routed around.
  • Storm sewer work will continue at the MOF site and begin on Race Street near Findlay Street. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times; Race will be closed as noted above.
  • Concrete base work for the track will continue on Elm Street between 12th and Wade streets. Traffic will be limited to one lane, and the Elm Street entrance to Washington Park Garage will remain closed.
  • Rail delivery and installation will start on Elm Street between 14th and 15th streets. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times. Elm Street and 15th Street will have intermittent closures as noted above.
  • Replacement of the cobblestones will take place on the east half of Elm Street. Traffic will be limited to one lane, and the Elm Street entrance to Washington Park Garage will remain closed.
  • Duke Energy will conduct underground gas work on Race Street between Liberty and Green streets; on Walnut Street near 3rd Street; and on Main Street near 4th Street.
  • Duke will also conduct underground electrical work on 12th Street near Vine and Race streets.
  • Telecom work will occur on Elm Street between Wade and Green streets; on Race Street between 15th and Liberty streets; and on Walnut Street near 6th Street.
  • Business surveys and notification to residents will conclude on Elm Street between Wade and Green streets.
  • Sewer work is taking place at the MOF site.
    Sewer work is taking place at the MOF site.
  • Duke's electrical contractor was placing concrete just around the corner from the first track slab.
    Duke's electrical contractor was placing concrete just around the corner from the first track slab.
  • With 100 more feet of rail set, we're now up to 300 feet of completed rail!
    With 100 more feet of rail set, we're now up to 300 feet of completed rail!