Streetcar Progress Update: Sept. 20, 2013

Streetcar Progress Update

Week Ending Sept. 20, 2013

Paver removal on ElmIf you've been in Washington Park by Elm Street, you've seen that we started removing pavers this week.

The granite pavers have to be taken out so we can prepare the track bed for the streetcar. But don't worry - they'll be back! Meser/Prus/Delta will clean the pavers and put them back in Elm Street once track work is finished.

Open For Business

You can still get to Washington Park Garage from Elm Street at this time. Construction teams are also providing pedestrian crossings between Music Hall and Washington Park during this portion of construction.

Progress This week:

  • Demolition for the Maintenance & Operations Facility continued at 1910 Elm St. (east building). Soil is being stockpiled for the basement backfilling.
  • Exploratory digging for utilities continued on Race Street, between 14th and Liberty streets; and started on Central Parkway between Race and Walnut streets.
  • Conduit installation for traffic signals continued on Race between 14th and Green streets.
  • Water main installation continued on Central Parkway between Vine and Walnut streets.
  • New sewer installation continued on Elm Street by Washington Park; and started one block north, between 14th and 15th streets.
  • Paver removal began along Elm Street, next to Washington Park.
  • Duke Energy conducted underground gas work on Elm Street between 12th and Wade streets; and on Elm near Green Street.
  • Duke Energy also conducted underground electrical work on Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets; and on Walnut Street near Court Street.
  • Notification to businesses and residents concluded on Elm Street across from Washington Park and began on Elm Street between 14th and 15th streets.

Planned For Next Week:

  • Water main installation will continue on Walnut Street between Ninth Street and Central Parkway. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • Conduit installation for traffic signals will continue on Race Street between 13th and 15th streets. Work will start on Elm Street near Liberty Street; and on Race Street between Findlay and Henry streets. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • Exploratory digging will resume on Elm Street near Liberty Street. Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • New sewer installation will continue on Elm Street between 14th and 15th street. 14th Street will be closed from Central Parkway to Race Street.
  • Demolition for the Maintenance & Operations Facility will continue at 1910 Elm St. (east building). Traffic will be minimally restricted at all times.
  • Paver removal will continue along Elm Street, next to Washington Park. Existing pavement and rail removal also will start along this stretch of Elm Street. Traffic will be limited to one lane. The entrance to Washington Park Garage will be maintained.
  • Duke Energy will conduct underground gas work on Race Street near Findlay Street; and on Race Street between Liberty and Elder streets.
  • Duke Energy will also conduct underground electrical work on Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets; and on Walnut Street near Court Street.
  • Notification to businesses and residents will continue on Elm Street between 14th and 15th streets.

What Is Trackwork, Anyway?

Steel rails are just one part of the streetcar track. Building the track is a process.

When we're doing embedded trackwork, you'll see us:

  • digging a trench
  • laying a gravel base
  • creating a steel rebar framework
  • laying ties & rails
  • pouring the concrete track slab

Obviously, it's a bit more complicated than that. But as a general overview, that's what you'll see.

These photos from Messer/Prus/Delta (taken in Atlanta) illustrate the process:

  • Digging the trench for the track
    Digging the trench for the track
  • Compacting the gravel base
    Compacting the gravel base
  • Laying rails on ties, with the steel framework visible underneath
    Laying rails on ties, with the steel framework visible underneath
  • Wrapping the rail in a rubber boot
    Wrapping the rail in a rubber boot
  • Pouring and smoothing the concrete track slab
    Pouring and smoothing the concrete track slab