Metro has posted the latest designs for the enormous Hughes St. overpass along Harrisburg Blvd. on the far-east segment of the East End rail line. The $27-to-$42-million bridge is meant to carry cars and Green Line passengers over the Union Pacific East Belt freight rail line that runs north-south just west of Hughes St., between the soon-to-open East End line’s between the future Altic and Cesar Chavez stations. The posted design concepts, Metro notes, combine a “garden” wall and a wall noting a few 4-digit numbers important in the history of the neighborhood with a ribbon of white LED lighting above and blue accent lighting underneath and along the columns:
Images posted by Metro include a few labeled as “alternates”:
Because the overpass — which once upon a time was going to be an underpass — won’t be opening anytime soon, the East End Line will begin operations without it, and end at the new Altic/Howard Hughes Station east of Eastwood Park. The abbreviated East End Line, along with the Southeast Line, may open before the end of the year. When the overpass is complete, the East End Line will extend to the Magnolia Park Transit Center.
- Harrisburg Overpass Conceptual Drawings as of September 9, 2014 [Metro]
- East End Line coverage [Swamplot]
Renderings: Natex Corp. Architects, Omega Engineers/Metro