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trolley construction


Water Ave & SE 4th Ave have been closed off for much of the day for the past week or so, and, despite a clutter of cranes, I haven’t gotten close enough to confirm any activity. But today they were open, so when I was returning from getting bagels I got to see that the new trolley bridge over Water/4th, the Portland Traction interchange yard, the ex-SP mainline, and Division St has most ofthe beams up and ready to have a deck cast.

There’s a lot of vertical clearance over the ex-SP mainline; if ODOT ever wanted to electrify the passenger routes from Portland to Eugene, they certainly won’t have to worry about replacing this bridge.