Second Street is closed between Vine and Main as crews install a curved piece of streetcar track. Project Executive John Deatrick says it will be closed for two weeks because of the complicated nature of the construction.
“Traffic is difficult, but this is technically very difficult work,” Deatrick says. “Putting in expansion boxes that allow the rail to slip back and forth against each other but yet keep the streetcar on the tracks when you pass over a bridge expansion joint.”
Those joints allow for expansion and contraction during hot and cold weather.