Longfellow Bridge Repairs: Red Line to be Disrupted

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Re: Longfellow Bridge Repairs: Red Line to be Disrupted

Postby Diverging Route » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:40 am

Track! As seen from Tower One this morning. The LFB is a three-track railroad again :)
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Re: Longfellow Bridge Repairs: Red Line to be Disrupted

Postby Diverging Route » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:38 am

The view this morning from Tower One..... the permanent Cambridge-bound track has been connected and is now in use!
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Re: Longfellow Bridge Repairs: Red Line to be Disrupted

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:52 pm

2 tamping machines sitting on the new inbound track this afternoon. They look very close to done. Work crews have deposited stacks full of lengths of new "historically accurate" faux- wrought iron fencing for the reservation. Chain-link temp fence should be coming down soon replaced by the real thing.
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Re: Longfellow Bridge Repairs: Red Line to be Disrupted

Postby jboutiet » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:07 pm

Diverging Route wrote:Track! As seen from Tower One this morning. The LFB is a three-track railroad again :)
Reading from top down, I assume this is shoo-fly, permanent, permanent?
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Re: Longfellow Bridge Repairs: Red Line to be Disrupted

Postby octr202 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:39 pm

Yes, all tracks will shift one position to the "downriver" side. The outbound track is now in it's permanent location, and next the inbound track will shift to where the outbound was for the last phase. Finally, where the inbound track has been during the shoo-fly will be returned to the Boston-bound roadway.
Wondering if I'll see the Haverhill double-tracking finished before I retire...
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Re: Longfellow Bridge Repairs: Red Line to be Disrupted

Postby Diverging Route » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:46 am

The final shift is complete! Both tracks are in their permanent position. The view from Tower One...
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Re: Longfellow Bridge Repairs: Red Line to be Disrupted

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:28 pm

Per ride-by 20 mins ago. . .

Permanent decorative fencing is now installed on roughly half of the inbound-side median. 2-post gaps left every several lengths for what IIRC are going to be the mounts for the new roadway lighting, requiring some electrical work first.

Crews are pouring concrete to join the inbound-side median with the old portal retaining wall, sealing off the old temp track shift. A few more feet awaiting the same pour near the Storrow West overpass; you can temporarily look down into open water because they haven't plugged that gap with rebar yet.

EDIT: Return trip at 3:45 got a better look at the outbound side. Less fencing up, but near the Storrow West overpass they have a couple lengths of reservation fencing up that do have 2 of the roadway lampposts installed, wired, and waiting for fixture installation.
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