Thursday, May 5, 2011

West LRT's giant yellow launching truss to be disassembled

A giant yellow launching truss that has been a part of Calgary's inner city skyline for almost a year will be disasembled over the next six weeks.

Just 10 months after it lifted the first bridge segment in July 2010, the launching truss used to construct West LRT's elevated guideway between Millennium Park and Bow Trail will be leaving Calgary. The launching truss pieced together the 1.5 km-long LRT elevated guideway with minimal disruption to commuters and residents. Construction will now focus on installing the guideway LRT tracks.

“Finishing the launching truss work is a major milestone for the West LRT Project,” said Darrell Norton, West LRT Project Manager.

The 110-metre-long launching truss has become a fixture on Calgary’s landscape west of downtown.

“We still have a lot of work to do over the next two years, including finishing the roads, building the tracks and continuing construction on the six stations,"said Northon. "I really want to thank Calgarians for their patience and support during construction.”

Due to the amount of roadwork involved in this project, it is important Calgarians plan their travel routes. Calgarians can minimize construction impacts on their commute by using alternate routes, taking the bus, car pooling, cycling or walking, and adjusti
ng their travel time.

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Watch as the West LRT's massive yellow launching truss lifts one of the 24-tonne guideway segments into place above 9th Avenue SW.

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