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FasTracks, West Line March Update

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comments open from March 15 until April 3

The sun is shining on the West Rail Line as civil activities on the project resume in full force. Final roadway improvements will traverse the line this spring and summer and garage construction at Sheridan and Wadsworth will rise from the ground.

West Rail Line Tours Resume
Don’t miss the final summer of West Rail Line tours. All tours will be from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on the third Friday of the month (April through September). Sign up on the FasTracks website. Each reservation is for one seat only; please sign-up all attendees individually.

West Rail Line Completes Track Work
The West Rail Line project team has installed the final segment of track. Crews working just west of the Union Boulevard Tunnel completed the task of fully tying in the track for the whole rail line from Denver Union Station to the Jefferson County Government Center. The West Rail Line encompasses more than 116,000 lineal feet of track. Using effective and cost efficient construction methods and state-of-the-art equipment, the 45-member crew successfully completed the track installation in an unprecedented 18 months. Completion of track work is yet another milestone on the West Rail Line and brings opening day another step closer.

West Rail Line Clearance Testing
The first light rail vehicle will travel along the West Rail Line late next week. RTD will be pulling one light rail vehicle the entire length of the corridor from Auraria West Station to the Jeffco Government Center and back. This activity will take anywhere from one to three days. The purpose of this first test is to check clearances between the vehicle and surrounding elements; on bridges and through tunnels, by soundwalls and fencing, through stations and by all the poles throughout the alignment. The light rail vehicle will not be operating under its own power, but will instead be pulled by another piece of equipment. So don’t be surprised if you see a train going by – and don’t expect it to stop and pick you up. There are still 14 months to go before West Rail will start carrying passengers when we open in May 2013.

Construction Update – Area 1 (Jeffco Government Center to Federal Center)
Current and Ongoing Activities
• Crews are paving the plaza and finishing out the stem walls at the Jefferson County Government Center.
• West Rail crews continue work on Union Boulevard and the on and off ramps of 6th Avenue. Lane closures on the ramps and along 6th Avenue may be in place during daytime hours.
• Track installation has been completed, however crews will continue to dress and consolidate track.
• Final irrigation and landscape work has begun in Area 1.

Information contained in this post adapted from the FasTracks newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter or get the latest information, see the FasTracks West Corridor website.

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