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Overhead Catenary System (OCS)
As part of the CityLYNX project, poles will be installed to hold the overhead catenary system in place. These poles will also serve as street lighting poles and traffic signal poles. The poles will look like the existing poles located on Elizabeth Avenue between Kings Drive and Charlottetown Avenue. These poles require concrete reinforced foundations.
The installation of these foundations began in late June 2013 and is expected to continue through early 2014. About 2/3rds of the foundations have been installed along the project corridor. The installations are complete between Kings Drive and McDowell Street. In early 2014, the contractor will begin erecting the OCS poles onto the foundations. (Image- OCS pole foundation work in progress)
The CityLYNX project includes conduit systems for both the project itself and the street lighting system. These conduit systems will provide the power to the street lights and traffic signaling system. The conduit systems are located on both sides of the street for the length of the project and must connect to each overhead catenary/street light pole.
This conduit installation will continue through the first quarter of 2014. The conduit systems installation is completed between Kings Drive and McDowell Street. (Image-Conduit system installation)
Trade Street Original Elevation
The image to the left show the existing trolley rail from the Charlotte Trolley System which stopped service in 1938. The existing rail along Trade Street is at the same elevation at which the new rail will be installed. In order to do this, the contractor has to remove the existing build up of asphalt and the existing trolley tracks.
In preparation for the track slab, much of the roadway is being removed and replaced with new asphalt, curb and gutter. The contractor began working just west of Kings Drive (insert image on left) and is working westward towards the Charlotte Transportation Center replacing the existing roadway and preparing for the streetcar tracks. This work will continue until the track installation is complete in mid-2014.