I'm back to share even more Tarkusian Cities progress, by picking up where we left off with the construction on Chemeketa's Red Line.
For those of you who commented on Update 103, I've replied to your comments over on that thread--I appreciate the support!
Coincidentally, an alert reader at the SC4D edition, SimCity V6, pointed out that June 17th--still today here in the western US--happens to be the 10th anniversary of my first-ever post in Tarkusian Cities, so it's a rather fortuitous day for an update. I'm still in shock that Tarkusian Cities is that old . . . and it makes me feel old, too.
Before we resume, here's the map again:
When we left off last time, the 9th/10th Street SE couplet was being extended one block, both halves of the couplet planned to cross over both the existing railroad and the new Red Line tracks. (facing north)
Work has begun on building the overpasses. There's also a lot of other things to note here. Since the plan entails lowering the existing railroad to cross under the new couplet, the C&O line through downtown had to be temporary closed. Rail Ave SE has also been reconstructed between 9th and 10th Streets, since it no longer has to serve as a de facto part of the couplet. However, Liberty Street SE is being widened to 4 travel lanes between 8th and 11th Streets, in order to fulfill the same purpose, and some structures have been demolished in preparation. (facing north)
Here's the finished product. In order to seamlessly integrate with the couplet, the new 4-lane section of Liberty has been given dual left turn lanes onto the extended 9th Street. 9th Street east of Liberty, however, now ends at a cul-de-sac just before the new intersection, in order to better control access and mitigate impact on the residential neighborhood. (facing north)
Here's a little farther north on the line. In order to mitigate the need for further demolition and new right-of-way (ROW) acquisition along Rail Ave, the portion of the Red Line between Salisbury Way SE (the road that comes in where 6th Street SE would be) and 8th Avenue NE is being run down the median of the road. Crews have already been at work on some parts of the track north of downtown, so here's where that advance work is going to connect into the median running. (facing north)
Here's the completed Salisbury split, the south end of the median running. You can see the 9th Street overpass at the bottom. (facing north)
And finally, here's the Red Line running underneath Highway 36. (facing north)
That does it for this update . . . there will be a Part 6 for the Red Line coming shortly, where we'll see the northern segment under construction.