Dramatic changes have come to Cincinnati’s riverfront over the past few years and Monday we’ll learn about yet another project coming to The Banks .
Prus Construction was awarded a $4.1 million contract to transform Freedom Way from Rosa Parks Street to Walnut Street, making the area more pedestrian friendly. The construction firm will update commissioners on the project Monday morning.
Prus’ bid was below the county engineer’s budget estimate of $5 million.
“We are proud to be selected for this public infrastructure work at The Banks,” Vice President of Prus Construction Michael Prus said in a news release. “This new 24/7 neighborhood is alive and growing; the addition of these improvements for pedestrians and vehicular traffic will only enhance the live, work and play experience on Cincinnati’s Riverfront.”
The firm will work to make the area better for those on foot. Prus will install additional traffic and garage cameras, remove Race Street south of Freedom Way, and build a traffic circle at the entrance to the Suspension Bridge. A signalized crosswalk on Mehring Way at the Phase 1 garage entrance is also in the works.
The construction will begin immediately and the project is expected to be completed in June 2014.
Commissioners will get an update on The Banks project Monday at 11 a.m. at their regular staff meeting at the Hamilton County Administration Building.
For more information on The Banks, visit http://thebankspublicpartnership.com .