Street arches to be removed

December 09, 2006|BY A SUN REPORTER

The city's effort to remove the decorative arches along Howard Street is expected to move ahead tomorrow, as officials look toward completing the project this spring.

This weekend's work will focus on the area along Howard Street from Fayette to Saratoga streets, according to David Brown, a spokesman for the city Department of Transportation.

City officials announced in September 2005 that they wanted to remove all of the arches, which were installed over Howard Street in the 1980s.

An engineer was hired at that time to figure how to remove the arches - a task complicated by the fact that power lines for the light rail have been built into some of the arches. Over the years, when city workers wanted to change light bulbs on the arches, they had to cut power to the light rail to avoid electrocution.

"This is not the complicated part," Brown said of this weekend's planned work. "The removal of the other complicated arches is planned for the spring."

Weather permitting, Howard Street from Fayette Street to Saratoga Street will be closed from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. tomorrow, and then again from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday morning. The area will be closed during the same times next weekend, Brown said.

The work is scheduled to avoid affecting the light rail's normal Sunday hours, Brown said.

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