Lytle Park

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

Construction work begins Tuesday on a $30 million project to improve the Lytle Tunnel in downtown Cincinnati.  It will mean lane restrictions and periodic weekend shutdowns of the interstate for the next two years.

Cincinnati Council could vote this week to approve an extension of the Lytle Park Historic District.  It was first granted in 1964 and is set to expire in August.  

The extension will cover a smaller geographic area, which includes removing some buildings on Broadway between East Fourth and Arch Streets.  Previously those were in a less restrictive part of the historic district known as Area B.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning a major renovation for the Lytle Tunnel.  Some of the work will begin later this year.

The project includes sealing tunnel joints, replacing tiling, and upgrading obsolete lighting and electric systems.

A second phase of the project consists of replacing and expanding the tunnel’s ventilation system.  That will require modifications to Lytle Park above the tunnel.

City Transportation and Engineering Director Michael Moore updated Council's Budget and Finance Committee Monday about the project.