Road Closures, Metro And Streetcar Updates To Know This Memorial Day Weekend

May 25, 2018

With so much going on this weekend—and the fact that Monday is a holiday—the city of Cincinnati has issued a few advisories on what to expect as you try to get about town. 

Weekend-Long Closures

The 40th annual Taste of Cincinnati kicks off Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. and continues through Monday, May 28 at 9 p.m. As such, the following roads will close beginning Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m. and remain closed until Tuesday, May 29 at 5 a.m.: 

  • Fifth Street between Main Street and Columbia Parkway 
  • Columbia Parkway between Downtown and Sixth Street ramp 
  • Sycamore Street between Sixth and Fourth streets (access to garages will be maintained) 
  • Broadway between Fourth and Sixth streets 
  • Broadway will be converted to a temporary two-way traffic pattern between Seventh and Sixth streets 
  • Sentinel street 
  • Lawrence Street 
  • Fourth Street will be converted to a temporary two-way traffic pattern between Broadway and Pike Street 

Monday-Only Closures

On Monday, May 28, the Freestore Foodbank holds its Hunger Walk starting at 9 a.m. The following streets will close at 8:30 a.m. and remain closed until approximately 11:30 a.m.: 

  • Freedom Way between Elm and Rosa Parks streets 
  • Second Street between I-75 and Race Street 
  • Second Street exits closed from north and southbound I-75, as well as eastbound route 50
  • Elm Street south of Second Street 
  • Race Street south of Second Street (garage access will remain open) 
  • Central Avenue is restricted south of Third Street (only stadium/garage access will be maintained) 
  • Third Street eastbound between Gest Street and Central Avenue 
  • Mehring Way westbound between Joe Nuxhall Way and Smith Street 
  • W. Pete Rose Way between Central Avenue and Smith Street 
  • Clay Wade Bailey Bridge 

Credit Sarah Ramsey

Metro Detours

Metro is on a holiday schedule for Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. While Government Square will remain open during Taste of Cincinnati on Saturday, May 26 - Monday, May 28, several routes will be detoured beginning Friday at 6 p.m.: 

  • 1
  • 4
  • 16
  • 27
  • 28
  • 49
  • 50
  • 72

These routes will return to normal on Tuesday, May 29 at 4 a.m. 

In addition, the following routes will be detoured on Monday only: 

  • 27
  • 31
  • 43
  • 78


The Cincinnati Bell Connector will run as usual on Saturday (8 a.m. - 1 a.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. - 11 p.m.) On Monday, Memorial Day, it will operate on a holiday schedule of 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.