Construction of the first phase of the Cincinnati Streetcar project is now underway downtown. This phase of the streetcar route is 3.6 miles long and loops from Second Street (at the Banks) to Henry Street (north of Findlay Market in Over the Rhine). This route will take the streetcar directly past the Main Library as it travels south on Walnut Street.
The City of Cincinnati has released a rendering of the Walnut Station at the Main Library. The concrete work at the Walnut Station has been completed. The shelter and railings (as show in in the rendering to the right) are expected to be completed in February 2015. A handicap ramp is expected to be installed at the SW corner of Walnut and Ninth Streets in the spring of 2015.
Please note: The stoop now installed at the Walnut Station has a higher curb than the rendering (pictured) due to a recent change in the height of the curb from the City of Cincinnati. The streetcar will now feature a low floor vehicle that can be boarded directly from the station’s curb without a ramp.
|Garage/Lot||Location||Exact Address||Distance to Library|
|Garfield Garage||Ninth Street between Race and Vine||13 W. Ninth St.||½ block|
|All Pro Parking Garage||Ninth Street between Main and Walnut||160 E. Ninth St.||½ block|
|ABM Parking Lot||Corner of Ninth Street and Walnut||910 Walnut St.||1 block|
|Central Parking Lot||Corner of Seventh Street and Vine||710 Vine St.||2 blocks|
|All Pro Parking Lot||Corner of Seventh and Vine||705 Vine St.||2 blocks|
Complimentary handicap parking is available in the North parking lot of the Main Library located on Ninth Street just past Walnut Street to the right.
For more parking options, visit downtowncincinnati.com/exploring-downtown/downtown-cincinnati-parking.
What You Can Expect
Once work begins in the street in a particular area, there will be several phases of construction requiring periodic lane restrictions or road closures.
A single block can require several utility contractors to be in the street consecutively to move electric and gas lines, upgrade sewer or water pipes, or install telecommunication wires. This can take several weeks or months, depending on the extent of the work required.
This process generally takes 4 weeks. First, construction crews must dig a trench. Then, they lay a base of gravel, followed by laying the frames and rails and inserting a rubber boot around them. Finally, crews finish by placing a concrete bed around the rails.
Track work around the Library is complete.
Sidewalk and Curb Work
Along the route, there are 18 stops. Signs and shelters must be built into the sidewalks. In some areas, curbs will be re-built with ramps to accomodate level boarding for streetcar passengers.
Sidewalk and curb work is expected to be completed by the end of February 2015.