Saturday, June 27, 2015

All Aboard Florida: station construction begins in West Palm Beach

Jennifer Sorentrue has the latest on AAF in West Palm:
     Construction crews this week began drilling the pilings that will serve as the foundation for All Aboard Florida’s $29 million station in downtown West Palm Beach — marking a milestone for the express passenger rail service.
     A large crane was set up last week at the station site, which is located just north of CityPlace between Datura and Evernia streets along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.
     Crews are expected to drill 100 pilings at the site. Each piling will be 18 inches in diameter and about 40 to 45 feet deep, the company said.
     After the foundation work is complete, crews will begin building a bypass track that will be used by trains while the station is under construction. As part of the work, the existing rail line will be removed and upgraded.
If you're curious about the expected wait times at railroad crossings for an AAF train. . .