November 23, 2012, 9:15 pmTri Met says Monday morning between 9:00 and 10:00 they plan to join the very first section of rail for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. They are calling it a milestone. The press release is below.
First light rail welding begins Nov. 26 for Portland-Milwaukie Project
Crews will weld 80’ long rail segments
together in downtown Portland
Monday, Nov. 26, crews will weld together the first section of rail for the
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. Crews will connect two, 80-foot
lengths of rail by a thermite welding process that superheats aluminum, iron
oxide, and alloy elements to produce molten steel and permanently join the rails.
Each 80-foot rail weighs more than 3,000 lbs.
In all, more than 29 miles of rail will be installed along the 7.3-mile project. Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel in Pueblo, Colorado manufactured the rail.
Project construction highlights
Overall, the project is 30 percent complete.
· Downtown Portland: Utility relocation complete; civil construction on SW Lincoln is two-thirds complete; concrete deck placement for the Harbor Structure (from SW Lincoln to South Waterfront) is under way.
· Light Rail Bridge: 9 of 10 concrete pylon sections of the West Tower are complete; the permanent concrete cap for the 10th pylon will be placed after the bridge cables are installed next year. Pylon concrete pours for the East Tower are under way.
· SE Portland: Utility relocation continues; structure construction is under way at SE Powell Blvd, Harold St, and the access ramp between SE Tacoma St and McLoughlin Blvd.
· Milwaukie: Utility relocation continues; Kellogg Lake bridge is under construction.
· Clackamas County: construction is under way along the Trolley Trail and at SE Park Avenue, the southern terminus of the project.
Economic benefits of
The project is creating up to 14,500 direct and indirect jobs during the life of the project. To date: 323 firms are/have worked on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, 100 of which are minority/women-owned and emerging firms (DBEs).
About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project
The 7.3-mile project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project to be built and extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. About the project:
The Federal Transit Administration, Clackamas
County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon
Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission