What's New?First Tracks Go Down on the Gold Line
Crews lay ties and rails along Ridge Road in Wheat Ridge on Nov. 8, 2013
The first track to be laid on the Gold Line is along Ridge Road in Wheat Ridge, with work heading east toward Arvada. Crews are grading the alignment, pouring ballast, setting ties and laying rails on what will be the westbound Gold Line track.
The reason they're doing this specific work is so that BNSF Railway freight trains can be detoured onto this new track while RTD removes and relocates the existing BNSF track on the south side of the right of way. The freight track must be moved slightly south in order to make room for all three tracks -- BNSF, eastbound Gold Line and westbound Gold Line. The goal is to keep a 25-foot buffer between the commuter rail track and freight track centerlines.
BNSF's new track will be continuously welded rail, eliminating the clickety-clack sound when train cars roll over jointed rails.
See the latest Gold Line progress and construction updates in the November newsletter.
Eagle P3: Halfway to Opening DayThe Regional Transportation District (RTD) celebrated another milestone on the FasTracks program. The Eagle P3 project, which comprises three commuter rail lines and a commuter rail maintenance facility, is halfway to completion and marked the occasion with a public event on Aug. 22, 2013, at the South Platte River Bridge construction site.
Tracks installed along the East Rail Line. July
The three lines are the East Rail Line to Denver International Airport, the Gold Line to Arvada and Wheat Ridge, and the first segment of the Northwest Rail Line to south Westminster. These three lines and the new commuter rail maintenance facility will open in 2016.
Video: Eagle Project Progress Spring 2013This video shows you how the construction is moving along on the Gold Line connecting Denver Union Station to Wheat Ridge through northwest Denver, Adams County and Arvada. You'll also get a glimpse of what's happening with the other projects that are part of Eagle P3.
See the Presentation from Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open Houses
RTD and its concessionaire Denver Transit Partners conducted five Open Houses in August to give updates and look-ahead information on the Gold Line and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment Line, now under full construction.
If you missed the events, you can view the presentation online.