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Purple Line NOW News - February 27, 2019

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This week, courtesy of the Maryland Transit Administration, we're excited to bring you some behind-the-scenes photos of construction progress from across the Purple Line corridor. There's so much happening in Montgomery and Prince George's counties that we couldn't pick just one construction zone to highlight for this edition. Enough talk, let's get to the pictures!

Storm drains are being installed left and right along the Purple Line route. In Prince George's County, crews are busy installing storm drains along the section of Ellin Road that is currently closed to traffic.

And, in Montgomery County, crews are putting storm drains into place along the Georgetown Branch Trail near Connecticut Avenue.

As we reported last month, rebar is going in and concrete is being poured at the Glenridge yard for the future Purple Line Operations and Maintenance Facility. Crews are working around the clock to construct the facility, as evidenced by the nighttime photo below.

The Lyttonsville Place bridge reopened to vehicular traffic in mid-January and since that time crews have continued to work on the rest of the bridge, including construction of the sidewalks. Crews will remain on site through 2019 to complete the drop-off lanes and access to the future Lyttonsville Station and Capital Crescent Trail.

About a half a mile from the Lyttonsville Place bridge, crews are removing the deck of the Rock Creek trestle bridge along the Georgetown Branch Trail. The trestle will be replaced with a new pedestrian bridge which will be wider than the former bridge and allow trail users to stop and enjoy the view while cyclists and runners continue on their way.

Finally, we have some pictures from the Plymouth Street Tunnel being constructed in Silver Spring. Crews celebrated break through to daylight at the end of 2018 and have moved on to installing electric cable through the length of the tunnel. And, at the tunnel's western portal, workers are installing tiebacks along the northern wall, which will provide stability to the retaining wall.



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