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4/17/2002



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Steel work begins on San Diego Trolley's extension


Pacific Coast Steel Inc. April 15 began reinforcing steel work for San Diego Trolley Light Rail Transit’s 2.2-mile extension from the Mission San Diego station at Ward Road to the west end of the San Diego State University (SDSU) tunnel.



The $435 million Mission Valley East Trolley Extension project will provide a 5.9-mile link between the Blue and Orange lines.



The Blue Line at Mission is elevated, as will be the extension from there to SDSU. Pacific Coast Steel will construct the following: three cast-in-place, reinforced concrete bridges, an elevated passenger station, several soil nail and mechanically stabilized earth retaining walls, a parking lot at SDSU, and reconstruct the Waring Road interchange.



At SDSU, the line will head below ground and scoop southward around the university grounds with an underground station at about the mid-point. Trolleys will emerge at the east side of College Avenue and be routed behind a parking structure. At that point, it will again be elevated on a bridge over a parking lot and Alvarado Road, then run parallel to I-8 again and connect with the Orange Line at Grossmont Transit Center.



The section on which Pacific Coast Steel is working is scheduled for completion January 2004; the entire project, by year end.


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