Road closures impact on Bengals traffic

CINCINNATI (FOX 19) -- The City of Cincinnati releases information on traffic patterns for Sunday's Bengals vs. Ravens game. This comes after concerns of rail and road work near Paul Brown Stadium would impact the safety of tailgaters and traffic.

Railroad spikes and other debris was falling from the old C&O Railroad bridge that runs beside Clay Wade Bailey Bridge. The area is between 3rd St and Mehring Way, running from Smith St. to Gest St., including 2nd St./Pete Rose Way.

Smith St. was completely closed Friday while crews worked on the tracks and down below picking up debris. Crews also worked to clear debris from the bridge that could potentially fall below. City officials say the debris comes from prior work done by CSX on the elevated railroad track that was never cleared. Now CSX is doing housekeeping.

After meeting with CSX Friday, members of the city's transportation and engineering department say the area is safe for pedestrian traffic Sunday. Also, that the bridge is structurally sound. The sidewalks and roads will be completely open to accommodate game day traffic. The only exception is where the railroad bridge runs above Gest St. near 3rd St. Those roads will be open, but a flagman will be present until 3 p.m. Sunday.

Crews on the scene working tell FOX19 that workers will be present Sunday on the bridge level, but not on the roads. The project should be complete by Thursday Sept. 23.

CSX was contacted for comment on this story, but never returned any phone calls.

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