Recap: Providence Park MAX Track Work
The MAX track work last week outside of Providence Park allowed us to rebuild an aging section of tracks that was causing reliability issues. Here’s what we did:
There were several improvements we wanted to make going into this project.
The asphalt around the tracks had broken down, which made MAX trains sway as they traveled through the area. It was uncomfortable for you and it caused unnecessary wear and tear on our trains.
Technology has improved since this section of track was built in the early 1990s, so we ripped out the rails and the materials supporting them and replaced them with materials that will be more durable, reliable and longer-lasting. When replacing the rails, we secured them with a new grout that should keep the rails in place better — preventing that swaying — while also proving to be more durable than asphalt.
Finally, we replaced the old switches and improved the drainage underneath them. This should also increase reliability and lessen maintenance needs.
We were able to accomplish other necessary work at the same time. We moved the poles that hold the overhead wires, which should minimize future disruptions.
There is still a bit more work to do: You’ll notice some gaps in the pavement near the tracks that still need grout. It’s safe for trains to pass through but the street will remain closed for the rest of this week.
This necessary work wouldn’t have been possible without your patience. We can’t thank you enough!
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