Kudos to RTD's Maintenance of Way Team for replacing a record amount of wire

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Kudos to RTD's Maintenance of Way Team for replacing a record amount of wire

Last week, RTD’s own Maintenance of Way (MOW) team accomplished something that’s never been done before in the 27 years RTD has been operating rail: completely rebuilt 2,100 feet of overhead wire in a week. This large scale of replacement/repair of wire is a first for the agency. 

This comes after a large overhead wire was ripped down on July 2. It was likely due to the magnesium chloride produced by de-icing of the interstate that runs alongside the alignment. A team of 30 people on different shifts worked on this feat, all while dealing with record heat and the July 4th holiday. 

The work took longer than expected because of several equipment failures causing unexpected delays, and record temperatures and thunderstorms triggering work delays and work stoppages, Karl Shoemaker, RTD general superintendent, Light Rail Infrastructure, said. The repairs were done just outside the Dayton Station, causing service disruptions on the R and H lines.