Now, materials will be ordered and preparation for construction of the trackway, maintenance and operations facility at Race and Henry streets, power system (including overhead power lines and substations) and station stops can begin immediately.
"On behalf of the project team, we're proud to be part of this exciting development in our hometown. We're committed to delivering a safe, quality and inclusive project for the city of Cincinnati," said Mark Luegering, senior vice president, Messer Construction Co.
The city will provide $492,933 in additional funding and revisions to the completion milestone dates because of the delay between the anticipated Notice to Proceed date of April 8 and July 15. The new value of the contract will be $71.4 million.
Work continues in Over-the-Rhine and the Central Business District on utility relocation. Over the past weekend, Duke contractor Intrens relocated underground electrical facilities along Walnut Street at 5th Street. Work will continue along Walnut and gas main relocation along Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine is expected to begin this week.
Passenger service is expected to begin in September 2016.