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Construction on western end of Central Corridor begins in September

Construction crews will begin work this fall on elements of the western three miles of the 11-mile Central Corridor light-rail transit project.

Starting in September, crews will retrofit the Washington Avenue Bridge to accommodate light-rail trains by strengthening the bridge piers. This work in 2010 will not impact vehicular or pedestrian/bicycle traffic on the bridge during the fall 2010 semester. As early as December, crews will begin the process to tie in the Central Corridor line from the Hiawatha Line just west of the Cedar-Riverside Station to west of the future West Bank Station. The new station will be on Washington Avenue between 19th and Cedar avenues on the West Bank.

The bulk of the construction will start in spring 2011.

Here is the schedule for the western edge of the Central Corridor project (from west to east):

December 2010-November 2012
East of the Metrodome to Pleasant Street (includes Washington Avenue Bridge work)

September 2010-December 2010
Washington Avenue Bridge foundation work

May 2011-August 2012
Pleasant to Oak Street (includes building the transit-pedestrian mall on the East Bank and the East Bank Station)

May 2011-November 2011
Oak Street intersection

March 2012-November 2012
Oak to 29th Avenue (includes reconstructing the Huron Boulevard intersection and building Stadium Village and 29th Avenue stations)

May 2011-August 2011
Transitway reconstruction

March 2012-November 2012
29th Avenue to Emerald Street (includes reconstructing University Avenue starting at five blocks west of 280 and working westward)

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