Steel Set for Largest US Transit Project

Steel Set for Largest US Transit Project

Maryland's Newest Light Rail

Billed by Maryland's Governor as the nation’s largest transit project, the Purple Line is a 16.2-mile light-rail line with 21 stations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Purple Line will link the Maryland suburbs of Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrolton when service begins in 2022.  

Purple Line Transit Constructors (PLTC), the general contractor selected by the Maryland Department of Transportation to design, build, operate, and maintain the light rail system, sought out and selected High Structural Erectors to determine how to construct bridges for the project. They chose High Steel Structures LLC to fabricate the steel, and High Transit LLC to transport the girders to the job sites. All three are part of the High organization.

In all, High erected five bridges for the new line, but none were as complex as the bridge at Silver Spring Station

Located near the border of Washington, D.C. the town of Silver Spring is very busy with a lot of residential, government, business, and traffic including rail traffic. Both WMATA and CSX have regular train schedules that travel through the area. Because of the infrastructure that was already in place, the new bridge design required many curved steel girder assemblies to carry the Purple Line over the rail lines and Colesville Road, a major thoroughfare.  

High Structural Erectors Builds Bridges for Maryland’s Purple Line Light Rail
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