Streetcar Progress Update: April 25, 2014

Streetcar Progress Update: Week Ending April 24, 2014

Trackwork is still holding tight at 6,621 feet to date. Crews spent a little extra time this week building the curve at Henry & Elm due the complexity of the curves.

Curve at Henry and Elm

One difference between curved- and straight-track construction is that through the curve, the inside rail has a second piece of rail bolted to it. The purpose of this second piece (or restraining rail) is to help the wheels of the streetcar stay secured to the track as it moves through a curve.

Flash butt welder for rail

A different type of welding machine was here this week welding several curved pieces of rail together. This machine, called a flash butt welder, offers a stronger weld which is needed in the sharp curves.

Steel is lifted into place

Crews continue to erect structural steel at the Maintenance & Operations Facility this week with the help of a large crane that lifts steel into place. The building is really beginning to take shape with the second floor built.

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Progress This Week

Walnut Street

  • 2nd to 3rd: Sewer work
  • 3rd to 4th: Water main installation
  • 5th to 6th: Chilled water work; telecomm work
  • Government Place to 6th: Sewer work
  • Government Place to 7th: Water main installation
  • 9th to Central Parkway: Pole foundations & conduit for overhead power and traffic signals;
  • At Central Parkway: Sewer work

Main Street

  • 2nd to 6th: Sewer work
  • 3rd to 4th: Water main installation
  • 6th to Court: Underground electrical work
  • 9th to Court: Sewer work
  • At 12th: Underground gas work; underground electrical work

Central Parkway

  • Race to Walnut: Trackwork; sewer work

Elm Street

  • At 14th: Concrete work for Stop #7
  • 14th to Findlay: Overhead electrical work
  • At Liberty: Concrete work for Stop #8
  • Wade to Glass Alley: Telecomm work
  • Green to Glass Alley: Sewer work
  • At Henry: Trackwork

Race Street

  • At Central Parkway: Trackwork and street restoration
  • 12th to 14th: Sewer work
  • 13th to 14th: Pole foundations & conduit for overhead power and traffic signals
  • Green to Glass Alley: Sewer work
  • Green to Sellew Alley: Telecomm work
  • Liberty to Henry: Overhead electrical work
  • At Henry: Pole foundations & conduit for overhead power and traffic signals; structural steel for the Maintenance & Operations Facility

12th Street

  • Main to Vine: New sewer installation
  • Main to Baldwin Alley: Underground gas work; sewer work
  • At Race: New sewer installation
  • Race to Elm: Pole foundations & conduit for overhead power

Planned For Next Week

Walnut Street

  • 3rd to 4th: Water main installation (2 weeks remaining at this location)
  • 5th to 6th: Telecomm work (1 week remaining at this location)
  • 5th to Central Parkway: Water main installation (1 week remaining at this location)
  • 9th to Central Parkway: Pole foundations & conduit for overhead power and traffic signals (2 weeks remaining at this location); new sewer installation (2 weeks remaining at this location)
  • At Central Parkway: New sewer installation (1 week remaining at this location)

Main Street

  • 2nd to 4th: Water main installation (1 week remaining at this location)
  • 6th to 7th: Underground electrical work (1 week remaining at this location)
  • 8th to 9th: Underground electrical work (3 weeks remaining at this location)
  • 9th to Court: Underground electrical work (2 weeks remaining at this location)
  • At 12th: Underground gas work (1 week remaining at this location); underground electrical work (1 week remaining at this location)

Central Parkway

  • Race to Vine: Sewer work (1 week remaining at this location)
  • Race to Walnut: Water main installation (2 weeks remaining at this location)
  • Vine to Walnut: Trackwork (2 weeks remaining at this location)

12th Street

  • Main to Vine: New sewer installation (1 week remaining at this location)
  • Main to Baldwin Alley: Underground gas work (1 week remaining at this location)
  • Vine to Baldwin Alley: Sewer work (1 week remaining at this location)
  • Race to Elm: Pole foundations & conduit for overhead power and traffic signals (2 weeks remaining at this location)
  • At Elm: Pavement removal (2 weeks remaining at this location)

Elm Street

  • 12th to 14th: Sewer work (1 week remaining at this location)
  • 14th to Findlay: Overhead electrical work (2 weeks remaining at this location)
  • At Elder: Concrete work for Stop #9 (4 weeks remaining at this location)
  • At Henry: Trackwork (1 week remaining at this location)

Race Street

  • At 12th: Underground gas work (2 weeks remaining at this location)
  • 13th to 14th: Pole foundations & conduit for overhead power and traffic signals (1 week remaining at this location)
  • 14th to 15th: Sewer work (1 week remaining at this location)
  • Liberty to Henry: Overhead electrical work (2 weeks remaining at this location)
  • Sellew Alley to Henry: Trackwork (1 week remaining at this location)
  • At Henry: Pole foundations & conduit for overhead power and traffic signals (1 week remaining at this location); structural steel for the Maintenance & Operations Facility (6 weeks remaining at this location)