Streetcar misses critical date on completion timeline
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The Cincinnati streetcar project
has passed a critical date on its timeline towards completion.
In the manuals used by all of the
contractors bidding on the project, the City clearly states the "notice to
proceed" was planned for April 8th and the work then had to begin within
In November of 2012, the City
began asking for bids on the project and those bids were due by February 8, which came in millions over budget.
The City Administration promised
to get to work finding out why the numbers were so far off, but there has been
no official update since then.
FOX19 has learned that two and a
half weeks ago, the City along with Metro brought in project leaders from other
cities like Atlanta and Denver, along with industry experts for a peer review on
the project. Even John Deatrick who has been named as the prospective project
manager was in attendance.
The review was moderated by the
American Public Transportation
Association. Project dollars were used to fly the
team to the Queen City, but all the time was volunteered.
The official report from the
review is expected within 60 days from the March 25-27 review. In the meantime,
city leaders voted Wednesday to bring in a new project leader to take the
reins, but if it is Deatrick he has not been hired yet.
Messer Construction, the lowest bidder, says
they are in discussions with the City but have yet to receive a formal project
At least some federal grant monies for the
project currently require construction to start in June.
In response to
FOX19's request for more information regarding the progress of the project a
City spokesperson sent the following statement:
"Your questions are good ones and we
are working on what the ramifications of missing this date are. We are trying to
turn every stone over to keep the project on track and ate talking with our
partners at the federal level as well as the lowest bidder to see about next
steps. The city will have more information to tell you and the public next