(Cincinnati) -- The City of Cincinnati and Duke Energy have made two significant advancements, according to the Mayor, in the fight over utility relocation for the streetcar project. Firstly, they agreed on technical issues, like how far away from the tracks the underground lines belonging to Duke need to be moved. That means work on the relocation can resume.
Secondly, Mayor Mark Mallory says, on the issue of who pays that cost, they "punted". The two sides will take their arguments to a Hamilton County Common Pleas Court judge. That will happen within the next two weeks, but they don't know when they'll get a decision.
City Manager Milton Dohoney says the City has its interpretation of the law, and Duke has theirs. The estimated cost to move Duke's utilities is $15 million. It had been higher, when Duke said their lines should be farther than three feet from the track.
When Major League Baseball announced Cincinnati would host the All Star Game in 2015, streetcar backers started clamoring to have the project operational in time. Mayor Mark Mallory would like that. But he can't guarantee it. The Mayor says even though utility relocation will resume, there's still track to be laid, and cars to be built.