Spring 2014 Quarterly Newsletter
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Eagle P3 Project Gears Up
for Peak Construction
The first portion of the new pedestrian bridge that will allow people
to reach the 41st•Fox Station from the Sunnyside neighborhood
at 41st Avenue and Inca Street
With opening day on the horizon, the East, Gold and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment commuter rail lines are on target to open in 2016. All 36 miles of the project are under construction, making this the peak year for heavy construction activities on the three lines.
With testing and commission scheduled to begin on the East Rail Line in 2015, the following activities will need to be completed by the end of this year:
Construction crews also are hard at work on all segments of the Gold Line/Northwest Rail Westminster segment. Crews will be focusing on the following areas this year:
While our work load will be plenty, we are committed to maintaining safe work conditions for construction crews and the public. We ask that you make an extra effort to stay aware of your surroundings as you travel through or near our construction zones. Our workers thank you for being careful as they do their best to complete construction and reopen roads.
Please note that construction schedules are subject to change. For additional information or to receive construction updates, please visit www.RTD-FasTracks.com/ep3_2.
Crews continue construction on the freight rail detour,
located just west of Olde Town Arvada
Arvada Railroad Tracks Are on the Move
In late March, crews began the task of temporarily detouring BNSF Railway freight trains from their longtime location and over to newly installed track along Ridge Road in Arvada. This carefully sequenced detour is a critical step in the process of creating a final home for the BNSF tracks along the south side of the new Gold Line commuter rail tracks.
Shifting the BNSF track to the south will make room for the new Gold Line eastbound commuter rail track and will provide a required 25-foot buffer between the commuter tracks and the freight tracks. While the BNSF trains are detoured to the north on the new westbound Gold Line track, crews will demolish the old BNSF track and build a new one along the southern edge of the alignment.
This work will create some significant improvements as well for motorists and pedestrians along the Gold Line alignment. Currently at the railroad crossings in Arvada, the BNSF tracks are substantially higher than their surroundings. This creates some problematic roadway geometry. To resolve the issue, DTP crews will reconstruct the affected intersections at a lower elevation, creating a smoother driving surface by eliminating the humps that exist at crossings such as Garrison Street. The final elevation of the commuter rail and freight tracks will be more level with the roadways.
The current schedule projects that BNSF will occupy its new and final track alignment in the fall.
To stay informed on the progress of the intersections that are currently being reconstructed, as well as related detours, please call 303.576.3352 or go to www.rtd-fastracks.com/ep3_26.
A total of 13 new stations will serve the RTD FasTracks Commuter Rail Lines-East Rail Line, Gold Line, and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment. Below are this quarter's featured stations, along with the most current renderings for each.
Rendering of the Olde Town Arvada Station located on the Gold Line in Arvada
Olde Town Arvada Station
The Olde Town Arvada Station is located on the Gold Line, at Vance Street and Grandview Avenue in Arvada. From Denver Union Station, the Olde Town Arvada Station will be the fifth stop along the Gold Line.
Rendering of the Westminster Station located on the
Northwest Rail Line, in Westminster
The Westminster Station is located on the Northwest Rail Line, at 71st Avenue and Irving Street, in Westminster. From Denver Union Station, the Westminster station will be the first stop along the Northwest Rail Line and is being constructed as part of the Eagle P3 Project.
The 60th & Sheridan•Arvada Gold Strike Station are completed
construction includes grading and utility relocations
60th & Sheridan•Arvada Gold Strike Station
The 60th & Sheridan•Arvada Gold Strike Station is located on the Gold Line, at 60th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. From Denver Union Station, the 60th & Sheridan•Arvada Gold Strike Station will be the fourth stop along the Gold Line.
The wire train strings the overhead catenary wire on the
East Rail Line, near 56th Avenue, in February 2014
All Aboard the Wire Train, Eagle's
High-Flying Stringing Machine
When is constant tension a good thing on the job? When the job calls for installing high-voltage overhead wire for our commuter rail system.
Denver Transit Partners (DTP), the concessionaire for the Eagle P3 Project, acquired a unique rail-mounted machine that allows crews to install overhead wires while under tension. Normally, crews drape wiring over the mountings and pull it taut afterward.
But the wire train, made by Tesmec S.p.A. of Grassobbio, Italy, installs the wires under tension and makes the work go four times as quickly.
The official name of the machine is constant tension stringing unit (CTSU). The brightly-colored train has attracted a lot of attention from the public since it began installing power lines on the East Rail Line's Peña Boulevard segment in February. You'll be seeing it throughout the year as it installs wiring from the airport to Wheat Ridge.
Here are some fast facts about the CTSU:
Major East Rail Line Construction
Project to Begin in May
In May, DTP crews will begin reconstruction of Moline Street from Smith Road to 33rd Avenue, and of 33rd Avenue between Moline and Peoria streets. This construction work is anticipated to last for six months.
The work is part of the building of the East Rail Line. The project's approval in 2009 included the permanent closure of Smith Road between Peoria and Moline streets, in order to make room for the future commuter rail station platform and the 550-space park-n-Ride. In addition, the RTD FasTracks I-225 Rail Line, also currently in construction, will have its end-of-line tracks here and share the Peoria Station. The work on 33rd and Moline will prepare those streets to carry traffic currently using the portion of Smith Road that will be permanently closed.
When completed, this extensive reconstruction will send eastbound Smith Road traffic south on Moline Street to 33rd Avenue, then east to Peoria Street, where it can return to Smith Road, or go north or south on Peoria. Motorist traveling west on Smith Road will go south at Peoria Street and then west on 33rd Avenue, turning north on Moline Street to return to existing Smith Road.
During the course of construction, access will be maintained to all of the area businesses. Access will be either through existing points or via new entrances created specifically for businesses during this construction activity.
Sections of Moline Street and 33rd Avenue will be closed or restricted over the course of this work.
Please drive cautiously as we manage the following related construction activities:
For current information on this project and other road closures or detours, please call 303.297.5284 or visit rtd-fastracks.com/ep3_26.
The Peoria Station Park-n-Ride plan shows the new routing of Smith Road
near Peoria Street with construction beginning in May
Eagle P3 Project Economic Impacts
Steel from Pueblo for the commuter rail tracks contributes
to the project goal of purchasing 50 percent of materials regionally
The Eagle P3 Project added $92 million to the Colorado economy in the past three months, a significant boost that brought the project's total regional impact to $802 million.
Since the Eagle P3 Project team broke ground in 2010, the project contractor, Denver Transit Partners (DTP), has employed more than 4,000 individuals, directly and indirectly through subcontractors. There are 1,300 employees currently on the project.
For many employees, DTP has provided training to increase productivity and career development. The project has contracted with a host of local businesses for professional services and equipment leases. And finally, the project has assisted small businesses with financial and mentor-protégé programs, designed to grow small businesses' capacity.
Through March 2014, the RTD Eagle P3 Project added more than $802 million to the Colorado economy:
Eagle P3 Public Tours Are Back!
Join RTD and DTP on a two-hour bus tour of the East Rail Line or the Gold Line/Northwest Rail Segment from 10 a.m. until noon on the following dates:
East Rail Line
Gold Line/Northwest Rail
On the East Rail Line tour, you will see:
On the Gold Line/Northwest Rail tour, you will see:
Space is limited to the first 35 people who sign-up.
For East Rail Line Tour information and reservations, call Joshua Solis at 303.297.5284. For Gold Line/NW Rail Tour information and reservations, call Zach Alexander at 303.837.2647. Also, for more information on the tours visit www.rtd-fastracks.com/ep3_2.
Peña Boulevard rail install -- East Rail Line
Alignment grading -- Gold Line
Commuter rail maintenance facility -- Northwest Rail Line
Save the Date:
Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open House
Join RTD and DTP for our annual community open house! Get informed on our construction progress as we build the RTD FasTracks Gold Line to Wheat Ridge and the Northwest Rail Line to Westminster.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Olde Town Square
W. 57th Avenue & Olde Wadsworth Boulevard
Arvada, CO 80002
Time: 9 to 11 a.m.
For additional information, special needs request or to request Spanish translation, please contact Christina Zazueta at 303.576.3352 or Christina.Zazueta@dtpjv.com.
Project Progress Photos
Monaco Street Parkway rail crossing construction -- Feb. 19, 2014
Plinth construction for track work at DIA -- March 13, 2014
Wall construction at Vance Street -- March 11, 2014
Electrical work at Sandown Substation -- March 13, 2014
Completed track work at Balsam Street -- March 11, 2014
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