First rail delivered to streetcar extension project in Kansas City

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Rail being delivered to the KC Streetcar Main Street Extension project.

The rail is in and the trucks are moving.

Delivery of 700 tons of rail began for KC Streetcar’s Main Street extension on Jan. 4. Rail will be moved for the next two weeks, and is being stored near 27th and Main streets. Rail will be welded into 400-ft sections, but welding will not begin until all of the rail has been delivered. Trucks will make a total of 36 deliveries a day. The welding will take place on Main and Grand Boulevard. Traffic on Main will be reduced while Grand will be completely closed.

There are a total of 458 pieces of 115-lb T rail. Each piece is 80 ft long and weighs 3,100 lb. The rail originated in Pueblo, Colo., and was being stored in a facility in Kansas City.

The official ground breaking for the KC Streetcar Main Street extension, which is 3.5 miles long and will cost $351 million, is expected to take place in the coming weeks, and construction is expected to take over two years. Service will begin in 2025.

KC Streetcar Constructors, a joint venture between Herzog Contracting Corp. and Stacy and Witbeck, will handle the construction. Burns & McDonnell and JE Dunn Construction also are supporting the project.

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