Cincinnati to break ground this week for streetcar

The mayor says Cincinnati plans to break ground for its controversial, multimillion-dollar streetcar project this week.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Mayor Mark Mallory announced the plans Friday at a City Council meeting.

The groundbreaking is planned for this coming Friday. Councilmen who have criticized the estimated $110 million project questioned the expense and raised other concerns. One sticking point is the decision to move ahead despite a $12 million dispute over the cost of relocating underground pipes and wires to build the streetcar track.

The mayor said he hoped to meet with Duke Energy's president to resolve that issue.

The city manager emphasized that construction on such large projects often begins before final details are settled.

City officials hope the project paves the way for inner-city redevelopment.

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