CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The first rail was installed for the Cincinnati Streetcar on Tuesday morning outside Music Hall.
Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. Project Executive John Deatrick and more than 70 supporters gathered on Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine today to see the first rail placed in the ground for the construction of the streetcar project.
About a dozen pieces of rail made arrived by truck Tuesday morning. A crane lifted the 80-foot lengths that are approximately 3,000 lbs each.
MPD, the construction contractor, will spend the next two weeks adjusting the rails to align to specifications, covering them in a rubber sleeve, and placing and finishing the concrete in the track bed.
While the rail work in ongoing on Elm St., utility work and track bed preparation is ongoing in areas throughout Over-the-Rhine and the Central Business District. Construction of the maintenance facility on Race Street is also progressing.
Construction for the Cincinnati Streetcar is proceeding on time and on budget.
The public will see the same rail installation process during the next year and half of construction on the entire 3.6-mile streetcar route:
- MPD, the construction contractor, will first excavate the track area –that is dig a trench about 8 feet wide
- Then, they will tie and weld rebar in to the track bed to support the rails
- After that, the rail is loaded onto the rebar
- From there, MPD will spend the next two weeks or adjusting the rails to align to specifications, covering them in a rubber sleeve, and placing and finishing the concrete in the track bed.
This entire process for one area takes about a month.
Rail deliveries will occur about every two weeks for the next year- and-a-half. There will be around 40 rail deliveries total. The next several will be on Elm Street, as MPD moves continuously north along Elm. In 2014, deliveries will begin on Race, south of Findlay Market.
Get progress updates on the project from the City of Cincinnati here.