Loop Trolley construction milestone means temporary traffic headache

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) - A big milestone for the Loop Trolley project is here but it’s going to mean extra miles and minutes for drivers. The fanfare of the ground-breaking has long since given way to the actual nuts and bolts of construction. They are about to get nuttier.

“I think that’s just going to be a pain for everybody,” said nearby resident, Tay Jones.

Right now the trolley tracks on Delmar disappear at Skinker then pick up on the other side. Monday begins process of taking the tracks through intersection which means no cars or trucks here for at least 12 days.

“We’re at that exciting stage where the Delmar-Skinker intersection is going to be done starting Monday,” said Loop developer, Joe Edwards. “It’s a big one because it is a very highly trafficked area.”

“That’s going to cause too much traffic especially around 2:00pm to 4:00pm,” Jones said. “People get off, that’s what time I usually get off, 2:00pm to 4:00pm.”

But having the model closer to reality than most people realize may make it easier to stomach. The tracks are already down in Forest Park all the way to the end of the line. The overhead wires are going up.

“(We’ll be) actually riding on this wonderful little trolley will be in early march or mid-March of 2017 so we’re under a year,” Edwards said.

Construction will be finished in the Summer. So, there is light at the end of the trolley tunnel.

Five trolleys have been purchased and the Loop is still very much open for business.  Drivers should use detours from Forest Park Parkway, Big Bend, and DeBaliviere.

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