Underground Utility Work Begins On Main

Underground Utility Work On Main Street Between Sixth & Court Begins

Main Street between Sixth and Court is periodically being reduced to one lane starting this week through October for underground electric work associated with the Cincinnati Streetcar and infrastructure improvements. Turns onto cross streets also will be restricted at times.

In addition, for the next month, Seventh Street between Walnut and Main, and Eighth Street between Sycamore and Main, both will be reduced to one lane to allow for the complete reconstruction of electrical vaults in the center of these major intersections.

"Doing this work contiguously block by block minimizes the length of time for the disruption," said John Deatrick, project executive for the streetcar. "It is the most efficient, cost-effective way for Duke Energy's contractor to accomplish all the labor-intensive steps necessary to modernize the utility's infrastructure and prepare the area for the streetcar. The contractor will be replacing electric vaults, installing new conduit and switching customers to new service lines during this period."

The City's streetcar team and Duke construction-management personnel will be working with area residents and businesses to minimize their disruption.

The first blocks of Main Street to be affected lie between Sixth and Eighth. Work begins tonight, Monday, March 24, 2014.

Other blocks of Main, north to Court Street, also will have lane restrictions as crews progress through their work.

Motorists should allow extra time when traveling in this area or consider alternative routes to their intended destination. Bus riders should visit www.go-metro.com 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 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 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.