Construction crews build replica station platform to prepare for this summer's platform reconstruction work

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Leading up to this summer’s Platform Improvement Project, Metro’s contractor is now full steam ahead preparing the work sites and training their teams. Recently, the project team constructed a station platform “mock up” to help train and educate the workers who will be completely reconstructing several station platforms this summer.

Station Platform Mock-up 1
Station Platform Mock-up 3 This structure is comprised of six different sections designed to replicate the unique platforms at each of the Blue and Yellow line stations that will be closed this summer (Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn St, Huntington, Eisenhower Ave, King St-Old Town & Braddock Rd). Pictured here is the Eisenhower Ave section of the station platform mock-up.
The station platform mock-up allows crews to test real-life scenarios and trial construction methods, with the goal of resolving technical issues before the actual work begins. For example, crews have already tested the concrete mix and drilling equipment that will be used to rebuild the platforms, as well as fine-tuned their demolition methods for removing the existing crumbling station platforms.
Station Platform Mock-up 4
In addition to providing a great training and practice resource for construction crews, the platform mock up also provides the opportunity for Metro's quality control inspectors to review and strengthen the plans for this summer's platform reconstruction work.

This is just one example of the many ways the project team is working to ensure they're fully prepared to hit the ground running on day one.