Closure: 12th & Race

12th & Race To Close for Installation Of 'Diamond' Track

The intersection of 12th and Race streets will be closed for approximately six weeks beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014, so crews may install special track for the Cincinnati Streetcar project.

This portion of track near the southeast corner of Washington Park is the most complicated to install along the streetcar's 3.6-mile route.

It includes a combination of straight and curved track which creates a junction or switch point that connects two loops, one for Over-the-Rhine and another for the Central Business District.

Diagram of diamond

"This junction will allow the two loops to run independently of each other, if needed," said John Deatrick, the City's streetcar project executive. "The geometric pattern of the track at this spot resembles a diamond."

Under normal operating conditions, the streetcar will run a single, continuous trip between its farthest point south on Second Street at The Banks to its farthest point north near Findlay Market. However, designers incorporated the diamond to give operators the option to run the loops separately.

"This flexibility will allow operators to close one loop or the other temporarily, if needed, to make a repair while maintaining passenger service on the other loop," Deatrick added.

Construction Timeline & Detours

Detour map

The diamond intersection, a block north of Central Parkway and east of Music Hall, will be closed until about Aug. 15, 2014, to allow for extensive prep work on the site, as well as the track's installation. Prep work includes the creation of a specially formed concrete base designed to accommodate mechanical components for the switches and turnouts.

One lane of 12th Street in each direction will be open east of the intersection at Vine during construction. The block between Elm and Race will be closed to make room for equipment and materials. The block of 12th between Central Parkway and Elm will be open to local traffic only.

The primary detour around the site is Central Parkway, east to Liberty, south to Vine.

For access to areas inside the primary detour route that are directly affected by the closure, see the following:

  • Eastbound 12th: Motorists will be directed north on Elm, east on 14th, then south on Vine
  • Westbound 12th: Motorists will be detoured at Vine
  • Southbound Race: Motorists will be detoured east on 13th, then south on Vine

Detour signs will be posted.

Local access will be maintained to businesses, residences, lots and garages on 12th between Race and Vine; on Race between 12th and Central Parkway; and Race between 13th and 14th.

Temporary crosswalks will be installed on the north, east and south sides of the intersection. The west-side crossing at 12th will be closed during most of this period.

The installation of other track this week on 12th Street from Vine to Main is scheduled to be finished before the diamond work begins.

For questions about streetcar construction, contact Dave Krusling at or 513-379-8108.

Information Updates

Construction schedules can change due to weather or unforeseen field conditions. Check or follow @roadmapcincy on Twitter for updates.

Motorists should allow extra time when traveling in areas with construction or consider alternate routes to their intended destination. Bus riders should visit for updated route information.

About The Cincinnati Streetcar

The Cincinnati Streetcar is a modern streetcar rail transit system intended to stimulate development, expand transportation options, and enhance livability by connecting key communities in and around the center city.

The first phase of the system, which is scheduled to begin passenger service in September 2016, consists of a 3.6-mile loop extending from The Banks to Findlay Market through Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Future phases are planned to connect to the University of Cincinnati and Uptown neighborhoods and beyond.

Construction for the Cincinnati Streetcar is being carefully coordinated by the City of Cincinnati with utility companies, Metro, and other partners to minimize any disruption to residents, businesses and workers along the route. This transportation system is expected to bring more residents and more jobs to Cincinnati, creating a broader tax base to fund city services.