Watch the Girders Being Set Over Peña Boulevard!
As part of the construction of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, DTP crews installed the girders on the Peña Boulevard bridge over the course of three days. Watch the time-lapse video below to see this exciting project milestone!
DTP Places Girders over Peña Boulevard
As part of the construction of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, DTP construction crews set the girders over westbound (outbound) Peña Boulevard on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013. On Monday, Mar. 25, 2013, DTP crews set the girders within the Peña Boulevard median. The DTP team constructed a new access road that allowed motorists to travel through the area while the work was being performed in order to maintain access to and from DIA at all times.
At approximately 1,952 feet long, the Peña Boulevard bridge has 17 spans and crosses over Peña Boulevard, near East 75th Avenue and the rental car facilities at DIA.
The girders are currently planned to be placed over eastbound Peña Boulevard on Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013.* Motorists should expect traffic delays during this construction activity.
The RTD FasTracks East Rail Line will travel from Denver Union Station to DIA and have 5 stations between DUS and DIA. The East Rail Line is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
PCL Hosts Safety Lunch at CRMF
PCL hosted a safety lunch for over 100 workers at the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility site on Thursday, March 14. In addition to beautiful weather, attendees enjoyed hotdogs and hamburgers, as well as prizes for correct answers to safety questions asked by site management. Todd Ostendorf, DTP’s CRMF Project Engineer, spoke about the importance of safety to DTP and about the criticality of the CRMF to the success of the Eagle P3 Project.
PCL has worked at the CRMF site for five months without an incident. While there are approximately 50 people currently working onsite, they plan to ramp up to nearly 400 workers at peak construction.
Denver Transit Partners appreciates PCL’s commitment to safety and
40th Avenue Reconstruction
As part of the construction of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, which will travel from Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport, on Nov. 28, 2012, Denver Transit Partners closed 40th Avenue from Blake Street to York Street. This closure will be in place for up to 16 months*.
The closure is taking place in order to relocate the following utilities: communication lines, electric transmission lines, waterlines, storm sewer pipe lines and gas lines in the area. 40th Avenue will be shifted to the south to make room for the East Rail Line tracks that will be located on the north side of the street. In addition to making way for the future East Rail Line, the work will improve 40th Avenue. Denver Transit Partners will repave the entirety of 40th Avenue from Blake Street to York Street in concrete with one lane traveling in each direction, with a center turn lane. The installation of eight-foot sidewalks on the south side of 40th Avenue will increase pedestrian safety. There are currently no sidewalks on 40th Avenue between Blake and York. Additionally, improved drainage in the resurfaced street will help to reduce the “bathtub effect” that is common on 40th Avenue during large storms. The reconstruction of 40th Avenue will also realign the 40th and York intersection, in an effort to improve the traffic flow in the area and make the intersection safer for motorists and pedestrians.
Closing the area for 16 months causes less overall impact – a partial closure of 40th Avenue during construction would extend the time frame of the construction activities to three years. A complete street closure creates improved safety for pedestrians, motorists, cyclists and construction workers. It also allows construction crews to complete all of the necessary work as soon as possible.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3rd and Thursday, October 4th, Denver Transit Partners held a public meeting regarding the upcoming reconstruction of 40th Avenue. We would like to thank everyone that attended. For those of you who were not able to attend the meeting and would like more information on the reconstruction of 40th Avenue, click here to view the presentation.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the East Rail Line Public Information Manager, Joshua Solis, at 303-297-5284 or Joshua.Solis@dtpjv.com.
*Construction schedules are subject to change.
DTP Places Girders on the Quebec Street Bridge
On August 9th, 2012, Denver Transit Partners (DTP) continued progress on the East Rail Line by setting girders on the Quebec Street Bridge along Smith Road. The girders were lifted by the largest crane in the state and placed in their final location above Quebec Street. The girder lift was expected to take two nights, however thanks to the skill and precision of the construction team, the work was completed in a single night. For public safety, Quebec Street located under the bridge was closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. during the girder lift.
The work performed is part of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, the commuter rail train that will provide service from Denver Union Station (DUS) through Denver and Aurora to Denver International Airport (DIA).
This work represents the second bridge to be constructed out of the 22 bridges along the FasTracks Commuter Rail Project. The bridge will provide a vital link between the future Central Park Boulevard Station and Denver Union Station, while eliminating the need for traffic to stop on Quebec Street to make way for passing Commuter Rail Cars. Additional work on the Quebec Bridge will continue for 30 days* with intermittent lane and full road closures.
*Please note that construction schedules are subject to change.
For additional information on the Eagle P3 project or other RTD FasTracks rail lines, please visit www.rtd-fastracks.com.
DTP crews setting girders on the commuter rail bridge over Peña Boulevard. The work is part of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, the commuter rail train from Denver Union Station (DUS) to Denver International Airport
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DTP work crews constructing the Broadway Bridge, Sand Creek Freight Bridge, and the Quebec Street Bridge. The work is part of RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, the commuter rail train from Denver Union Station (DUS) to Denver International Airport
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