The most visible signs of progress along the East Rail Line to DIA can be now be seen along Peña Boulevard as you approach DIA. Crews have begun grading operations and caisson drilling work to construct the rail bridge spanning Peña Boulevard. Check out this Flickr link for the pictures. These are pictures that would be a bit difficult for normal people to snag on their way to or from the airport, so a special thanks goes out to Eagle Project Public Information Manager Kevin Flynn.
This replaces the bridge design which was originally unveiled as a grandiose, “iconic”, white-arched bridge by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava seen in the picture above. Thanks to its obscenely hefty price tag of nearly $60 million, it was scrapped by RTD and DIA. The new bridge will be a normal rail bridge (by RTD standards) with some yet-to-be-released aesthetic enhancements to dress it up a bit. As East Rail Line designs are finalized in the coming months, there should be something to share with everyone.
Next week, we’ll take a look at the initial demolition work going on at the future 38th and Blake Station in the River North neighborhood.