Thursday, August 7, 2014

CSX Alexandria Extension's new bridge rises in Hyattsville, Md. (July 25, 2014)

Since my last report (May 9, 2014), the contractor has erected the bridge that will carry the new, second track to the east leg of the wye in Hyattsville. It wasn't finished when I visited (July 25), but significant progress had been made and the end was in sight. Click on any photo to enlarge it.

 Looking south from the Tanglewood Drive grade crossing. Since my May 9 report, a portion of the second track (left) has been laid.

 North view (toward the wye and new bridge) showing the limited extent of the new second track.

 Turning south again, the new second track is more clearly seen, chopped just this side of the road. Trains continue to come north on the left, then cross over to the right-hand (old) track just south of the grade crossing. When the bridge behind me is finished, northbounds will, of course, come in my direction on the left-hand track and remain there as they cross the Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River.

Looking north across just-laid ballast toward the new bridge. 

 Here comes a northbound trash train on the left-hand track.

 It crosses over to the right-hand track as it heads toward the old bridge . . .

 . . . and crosses it.

 Behold the top deck of the new bridge, rebar in place, awaiting an enormous pour of concrete.

Looking good, isn't it? Matches the old bridge in style. My next report: When the new track and signals have been cut in. That's all for now . . .

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