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Construction Could Start Soon On Major East End Project

Metro is building an overpass to complete the new light rail line along Harrisburg.

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The Metro light rail stop at Cesar Chavez/67th Street will sit idle until the Hughes Street overpass is built.

 

Metro expects to soon start construction on the final piece of the East End light rail line. The new line along Harrisburg is set to open this spring, but it won’t take riders the final mile-and-a-half to the Magnolia Transit Center.

Metro had planned to build an underpass to get the trains across the busy freight rail tracks at Hughes Street but concerns arose over contaminated soil. Now the transit agency is building an overpass that will carry both light rail trains and vehicular traffic.

Metro’s Tom Lambert says construction could start as soon as March and should take about 18 months to complete.

“There are some incentives as part of that contract so we’re going to be working with the firm that’s constructing the overpass to see if we can accelerate construction,” says Lambert, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Metro started building the East End line in 2009 and neighbors are anxious to see the project finished.

“We’re going to be working with the community with how we put together traffic management plans, how we might divert traffic around the construction zone,” says Lambert.

The contract for the overpass project has been awarded to McCarthy Building Companies for an amount not to exceed $31 million.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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