Rails Set for Downtown-Oak Cliff Streetcar

Construction is well underway on the Houston Street Viaduct where a streetcar will soon run from downtown to Oak Cliff. The hundred-year-old bridge was originally built to accommodate a streetcar and the current tracks will be placed in the original recessed section. Installation of the rails has begun with hundreds of 780-ft long strings of steel now in place. Another layer of steel will be welded atop it, then concreted in place. Contractors have already completed widening the sidewalk for pedestrian traffic over the bridge.

Construction is expected to be complete in October 2014, while a delay in the delivery of the cars themselves will push the opening to at least early 2015.

The 48.6 million project is partially funded by a $23 million federal stimulus grant awarded in February 2010. The City of Dallas will own 1.6 mile streetcar line and DART will operate the system.

Source: Dallas Morning News, Sept 12, 2013.

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