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Another 320 feet of track cemented along Streetcar route

As tracks are installed along the Milwaukee Streetcar route, crews cement them into place decades after the original line was covered.

Along N. Milwaukee Street, workers poured an additional 320 feet of paving as construction of the new transit system moves through downtown. Recently, crews uncovered old rails from the 1800s that had been used for the original streetcar line along the same road.

When that platform removed in 1958, much of the track length was paved over as the streets were reconstructed. Next year when the Milwaukee Streetcar begins operations in 2018, it will close the 60 year gap left by the previous line’s decommission.

These photos feature the efforts by work crews as they poured concrete into the street trenches that were dug for track installation. The images also reflect the realization that members of the crew reflect the various ethnic backgrounds of local Milwaukee residents.

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Lee Matz

Former Creative Director and Photojournalist for the Milwaukee Business Journal, Lee brings his years of international experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Europe, with a background in publishing, advertising, and design, to the Milwaukee Independent. His list of awards include three consecutive top honors from the Milwaukee Press Club. Lee proudly uses MCTS as his exclusive mode of transportation, other than walking, for all the news stories he reports about in Milwaukee.

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