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2/22/2013



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Houston's METRO to reopen bridge as part of light-rail expansion


The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) will mark a milestone next week when the Main Street Bridge reopens as part of a light-rail expansion program.

The Main Street Bridge closed for more than a year to allow construction of the North Line, which extends the existing Red Line by more than five miles from the University of Houston-Downtown Station, north via Main to Boundary, crossing east to Fulton, then north again to Northline Commons Mall and the Northline Transit Center.

The bridge will reopen on Feb. 25, one month ahead of schedule, METRO officials said in a prepared statement.

"This is a great achievement as a result of team work between METRO and all our partners," said Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Lambert. "We will continue working in a manner that reduces construction impacts to stakeholders as we focus on opening the North Line and two others in 2014."

METRO currently is expanding its 7.5 mile light-rail line known as the Red Line, with three new lines under construction.


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