Port Authority Says Station Square Light Rail Reconstruction To Take Three To Four Weeks

1,600 feet of track need to be replaced after last week's train derailment

Joe DeStio
August 13, 2018 - 4:34 pm

Joe DeStio

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - It will be another three to four weeks before the Port Authority's Station Square T-Station will reopen following last week's freight train derailment nearby.

Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph tells KDKA Radio a lot of work remains to be done now that the area has been cleaned up.

“There’s going to be about 1,600 feet of track and 4,000 feet of powerlines that need to be replaced.”

Also, a concrete retaining wall must be repaired, a new power support structure reinstalled, and a new steel utility pole erected.

Blue line T-cars are being rerouted through Allentown during the work, adding 20 to 30 minutes to a commuter's trip.

Brandolph adds while negotiations continue with Norfolk-Southern on who pays for the repairs, the authority will not allow taxpayers to foot the bill for work.

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