Over the last week or so, we have heard a lot about the fact that the junction at Skinker and Delmar would be closed for trolley construction work. This is a busy intersection, so diversions have been set up, and there is plenty of signage to tell one that the road is closed.
So I was quite surprised to see so many cars coming along Skinker, some seemingly disbelieving that the road was closed until they had driven right up to the barriers. While I was watching this morning, there were cars, mini buses, and one semi, which took its time to turn carefully in the street. Just before the junction on the Forest Park side there are alleys – one is one way towards Skinker, and the other had a No Entry sign on it. Despite this, some cars went down them, although most turned and went back the way they had come.
Work started early this morning on laying the Trolley tracks across the junction of Skinker and Delmar. I walked by there about 9am, by which time they well under way digging one trench, and a pile of old rails had been excavated.
There was a line of trucks waiting to take the rubble away, and it took less than 10 minutes to fill one and send it on its way.
Coming back about 30 minutes later, they had already finished the first trench and were working on the second. It was interesting to see the old brickwork under the modern road surface, and the remains of the rail ties that had been exposed by the new trench.
I was going to see if I could talk to the foreman or one of the workers, but they were all so engrossed in their work that I decided not to bother them!
The trolley tracks are in DeBaliviere on both sides of Forest Park Parkway…
For months now the stop for northbound DeBaliviere busses has been a temporary one, while work was carried out on the east side of the bridge over the MetroLink.
Today, the combined bus/trolley stop has been opened for use, complete with new sign! Of course, only busses will stop there at the moment, but it’s one more step on the way to completion of the project!
The extension of the Greenway along DeBaliviere continues…
The Trolley stops at the History Museum; if not, it will hit the pole!