Construction of the Loop Trolley system is set to begin in March 2015 according to Chris Poehler, administrator of the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District (TDD).
Construction will start in March with the installation of a permanent roundabout near the Lion Gates in University City (Trinity and Delmar Blvd.) to increase safety, improve traffic flow and create an attractive, landscaped entrance to the Delmar Loop.
The trolley track construction is expected to begin in late May 2015, starting on Delmar Blvd. near Kingsland. Traffic will continue to flow through The Loop business district during construction.
Contractors include KCI Construction Company for track and civil infrastructure; Wissehr Electrical Contractors for the trolley overhead contact system and lighting; and KCI Construction Company for rehab of the maintenance/storage facility. Kwame Building Group is the construction manager for the project.
The 2.2-mile fixed-track electrical trolley system will run along Delmar Blvd. and DeBaliviere Ave. connecting The Loop restaurant, shopping, and arts & entertainment district to Forest Park, with a stop at the Missouri History Museum. The Loop derived its nickname from the streetcar system that serviced the area until 1966.
The project includes construction of the roundabout, the trolley tracks, an overhead contact system, 10 station stops, a maintenance/storage facility, and rehab of vintage trolley vehicles.
On the eastern end of the trolley route, the Loop Trolley TDD is working with Great Rivers Greenway to extend the St. Vincent Greenway from Delmar along DeBaliviere Ave. south to Forest Park Blvd., with new landscaping and multi-use paths. The trolley will run adjacent to the greenway.
The Loop Trolley construction is scheduled for completion in mid-2016 and is expected to begin service in late 2016 to allow for testing and training.
Construction News and Review © February 2015