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. During construction, traffic and parking along Walnut Street--as well as other streets near the Main Library--will be affected.
|Please note: 8th Street will be closed at Walnut Street from 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26, to 6 a.m., Monday, Sept. 29, for streetcar track construction through the intersection. Detours will be posted.|
|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.
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.