Transportation

Metro Starts Work On Final Piece Of Light Rail Line

Work on a $31 million overpass for the East End light rail line is about to start, and for people in the neighborhood that means a few more months of street detours.

 

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Rendering of Harrisburg Overpass. Image courtesy of Houston Metro

Dignitaries will gather Saturday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for one of the line’s main components. It’s an overpass on Harrisburg Boulevard that will carry both the light rail train and vehicles over the freight rail tracks at Hughes Street.

People along Harrisburg have already endured months of construction and Metro’s Jerome Gray says they’ll now have to close part of the street for this project.  

“We’re trying to minimize the timetable for the closures so we’re looking at, perhaps, four to six months. But again, we’ll know much more about that once we detail and work with the contractor,” Gray explains.

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Rendering of Harrisburg Overpass. Image courtesy of Houston Metro

But Metro says it will give neighbors regular updates.

“We estimate that about 400 people live near the construction area where the access will be limited, and so we will particularly be targeting them, to get the information to them, but also to others who may travel in that area,” Gray says.    

Most of the East End line is set to open next month, and Metro hopes to have the overpass open by the end of 2016. That will allow trains to go to the Magnolia Transit Center, about a mile and a half away.

Metro had earlier planned to build an underpass but cancelled those plans because of concerns over soil contamination.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

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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