A reader who’s been watching construction of the new bridge that’s gone up over Buffalo Bayou and fitted neatly under I-45 at the far western end of the new under-construction Southeast and East End light-rail lines wonders what its purpose is. The bridge is beyond the planned Theater District stations, the last shared rail stops for the 2 lines. Is it a bridge to nowhere, or the starting point for some later western expansion along Washington Ave?
According to Metro, it’s neither. The bridge is how trains moving west along Capitol will turn around past the last station, so they can come back in the opposite direction, moving east along Rusk St. And vice versa. On the eastern end of the bridge, there’s a crossover (the ‘X’ on the map at left); beyond that there’s a “turnaround pocket” — just enough room for a train to pass the crossover and come back on the other track.
Photos: Jeff Peoples. Map: Metro