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Spring construction projects in bloom Downtown

New signs on Great American Ball Park are just one of the construction projects underway this spring Downtown. (FOX19 NOW/file) New signs on Great American Ball Park are just one of the construction projects underway this spring Downtown. (FOX19 NOW/file)

Cincinnati city leaders are asking people to be patient as spring construction projects continue around Downtown.

Stadiums for the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds are both seeing upgrades this month. Work on the new scoreboard at Paul Brown Stadium is scheduled to begin this spring. The exact timeline is still under review. 

Crews also are installing new signs and a scoreboard at Great American Ballpark as they prepare for the July 14 All-Star Game. That work will run through the next two weeks.

Another major construction project this month includes the Banks phase two apartments and General Electric's Global Operations Center. The work in this area will require street and pedestrian detours. 

Concrete pours are scheduled to happen now on Freedom Way between Race and Rosa Parks Streets. This work should wrap up at the end of March. 

Police will be operating signals at key intersections during morning and afternoon rush hours to help with the traffic flow.

They will also help with traffic during big events including the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, St. Patrick's Day Parade and Heart Mini Marathon. The Central Riverfront Garage will be maintained at all times.

While much of the construction causes temporary problems for drivers and pedestrians, city leaders are saying the changes are positive. 

"There is an economic boom occurring in our urban core, which is exciting for the whole city," said City Manager Harry Black.

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