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OT::Milwaukee - KITI-TV: welding of steel rail for streetcar begins

Thursday, April 06, 2017 1:02 PM | Jeff Wien (Administrator)

MILWAUKEE -- Sparks were flying in downtown Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 4th
as the controversial streetcar project moves forward. Some special
equipment arrived, marking a big milestone.

On Tuesday, workers moved the steel rails, and welded them into a long
piece of track.

"It looks like it really is a huge project," Brianne Harris said.

"Walk down the street to class and all of a sudden there is huge equipment
there and sparks flying everywhere. It's kind of cool," Josh Maas said.

On MSOE's campus Tuesday, students got a firsthand lesson.

"I'm a construction management major, so it's fun for me. I don't know how
other students feel about it," Harris said.

For the first time, welding was underway on the controversial streetcar
project, with 80-foot sticks of steel eventually becoming a 320-foot piece
of track.

The line that will eventually run from the Intermodal Station through the
Third Ward, Cathedral Square and the Lower East Side was being put together.

A city spokeswoman said there are few pieces of equipment in the country
that can do this kind of work, and it was in Milwaukee Tuesday, along with
some inconveniences.

"It's hard for studying with construction going on," an MSOE student said.

"I'm kind of excited to see it in action. That's for sure," Maas said.

CLICK HERE <http://www.themilwaukeestreetcar.com/> to learn more about the
streetcar project.

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