What to expect in November 2014

Publish Date

The locations for the work listed below are shown on the project map.

1. Continue digging for the underground light rail station

Approximately 25 percent of the light rail station box has been excavated as of October 2014. 

Activities this month include:

  • Removing dirt and materials using bulldozers
  • Installing wood planks or "lagging" between the vertical metal piles
  • Installing large pipes called struts across the top of the box spanning from east to west
  • Drilling cable tie-backs and installing soil nails to hold the walls during excavation activities
  • Hauling dirt and materials offsite using Brooklyn Avenue Northeast

Crews will dig until they reach about 95 feet below ground. Excavation will be ongoing through spring 2015.

2. Continue building the temporary bridge along Northeast 43rd Street

Activities this month include:

  • Pouring concrete for bridge foundations
  • Raising metal struts below the bridge girders
  • Delivering and placing concrete panels onto the bridge girders
  • Building a temporary walkway inside the site for crew members to use during bridge construction
  • Building a traffic barrier along the bridge
  • Beginning restoration work in preparation for re-opening Northeast 43rd Street 

Northeast 43rd Street is expected to re-open to one-way traffic in spring 2015. The roadway is currently open to local traffic between the alley and the "Ave."

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Girders for the temporary roadway bridge along Northeast 43rd Street were installed in October.

3. Continue installing electrical utilities to power construction activities

Activities this month include:

  • Pouring concrete for the walls and roof of the electrical utility vault
  • Installing electrical and mechanical systems 

Other project-related activities include surveying and the installation of ground monitors above the future light rail tunnels.

Construction impacts:

  • Closure of Northeast 43rd Street between Brooklyn Avenue Northeast and the alley to motorists until early 2015.
  • Cranes and equipment located close to the sidewalk along Northeast 43rd Street.
  • Temporary short-term closures of Northeast 43rd Street just west of the "Ave" to deliver girders and concrete panels during bridge construction.
  • Construction vehicles parked on Northeast 43rd Street during the pouring of concrete and delivery of materials during bridge construction.
  • Temporary short-term closure of the northern end of the alley just east of 12th Avenue Northeast during the pouring of concrete for the electrical utility vault.
  • Noise and low-level vibration during drilling of cable tie-backs and soil nails during excavation.
  • Dust from soil removal and pouring of concrete.
  • Frequent truck traffic on area roads and on the project site delivering materials and hauling materials offsite. Expect an average of four trucks per hour during excavation (daytime hours).
  • Trucks delivering large loads during the early morning hours.
  • Wheel washing stations to minimize truck debris track-out onto city streets.

Crews will work to minimize impacts, such as noise, dust, debris, and access impacts during the work.

Equipment: bulldozers, dump trucks, concrete trucks, vacuum trucks, excavators, jackhammers, cranes, generators, water treatment systems, street sweepers

Schedule: Work hours are typically Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Intermittent weekend and evening work may be scheduled. Construction schedules are subject to change. Notifications will be distributed for significant changes.


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