Where Delmar goes over the Metrolink at Des Peres the Trolley Route goes from two tracks to one (or one track to two if you are traveling west). It looks like there is just some final concrete pouring to do, then this section will be complete.
Today marked a big milestone in the Delmar Loop Trolley development, with the opening of the new DeBaliviere bridge over the Metrolink, 3 weeks ahead of schedule!
Joe Edwards was the first to cross the bridge going south, and as we witnessed this historic moment he was closely followed by other traffic as the hard working builders removed the remaining barricades. By the time Joe did the loop and returned, the bridge was back in business.
As Joe said, DeBaliviere has already been transformed, and it’s only half completed!
Driving past the DeBaliviere bridge the other day I noticed what appeared to be some sort of covering over the new bridge. On further investigation, I see that concrete has been poured (and covered over) on about half of the bridge. Progress!!
At both ends of the new bridge, progress is being seen too
And the sidewalk that will eventually carry us over the bridge is also being prepared
As expected, Forest Park Parkway was closed on Saturday morning for the bridge work, but when I went out in the evening at about 6pm I noticed that the barriers closing the street had been removed. As that was the way I wanted to drive I went that way, and sure enough I could see the concrete forms I’d seen on the flatbeds earlier in the week had been put in place.
It wasn’t until Sunday that I could get to see it in detail, but then I could see that the whole area over the tracks was now covered, although there is still a gap in the roadway to the north of the bridge. I see that there are still a few forms left, and assume that these will be put in place once the utilities have been set up.