- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - The decision to temporarily halt Cincinnati’s streetcar project amid a fight over its future could further raise the costs because a subcontractor providing steel took another job during the work stoppage, potentially delaying completion of a maintenance facility.

Project executive John Deatrick called the potential ripple effect “a big problem” but told The Cincinnati Enquirer (https://cin.ci/1hNY7Pj ) he didn’t want to discuss specific possible cost increases.

Mayor John Cranley says he won’t support more spending, so project leaders must find a solution within the current $133 million budget. Work has resumed, and they’ll have to decide whether to wait for the subcontractor or hire another steel fabricator.

Delay costs are expected to come out of the $9.4 million contingency budget for the project, which is more than two years from completion.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com

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