The first concrete around the tracks for the Delmar Loop Trolley was poured Wednesday morning, marking another milestone in construction of the 2.2 mile project linking the Loop to Forest Park.
Among those on hand to watch the first pour was Loop developer Joe Edwards, “I am stunned and happy beyond belief. It’s so exciting.”
Edwards, who’s been dreaming of the loop trolley for 18 years, calls it a ‘milestone day’, “To actually see those tracks in there and concrete going in around them and the street getting rebuilt, it’s going to be magnificent! A great form of clean electric transit is coming back to St. Louis”
Project Superintendent Ken Recar says they’re pouring 300 feet east from Delmar and Kingsland Wednesday. He says it’ll take four hours and 12 trucks. They’ll pour the next 300 feet to Melville on Thursday.
Recar says the fact they’re pouring around tracks does make it a little different, “It’s a fiber-mesh pour which would be unique because there’s no rebar in it. The fiber in the concrete gives you your reinforcing.”
Edwards admits he’s questioned if the trolley would ever become reality, “There were a few times I wondered if it would ever get to this point. But you just kind of keep moving forward and everybody came together. St. Louis really got unified.”
Edwards credits that coming together with winning a $25 million federal grant to help pay for the $43 million project.
The trolley, which will run from just west of where the concrete pour started, to DeBaliviere to the Missouri History Museum at Forest Park, is scheduled to begin operating by the end of 2016.
CBS NEWS ©July 2015