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Downtown lane closures coming for streetcar work

Downtown drivers can expect Seventh Street to be down to one lane between Main and Walnut streets starting Monday, due to electric utility work for the streetcar project.

Main Street is also being reduced to one lane between Sixth and Seventh streets. There will be no left turn on to Main Street from Seventh and motorists are advised to get to Main Street via Sycamore to Sixth Street.

The lane closures will last for about a month, said John Deatrick, the project executive for the Cincinnati streetcar project.

"It's work that has to be done; and we are trying to minimize the impact it will have on downtown traffic,'' Deatrick said.

The month-long lane restrictions will allow Duke Energy to do underground maintenance, including the construction of electrical vaults at the Seventh and Main intersection, Deatrick said.

Deatrick said drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should use caution when approaching the area. Detours will be posted.