Construction Update
River Point’s Rail Tunnel

Construction of River Point. Photograph courtesy of Fulton River Spy Alex.

Construction of River Point. Photograph courtesy of Fulton River Spy Alex.

Fulton Rive r Spy Alex sent over this great picture of the construction of River Point (444 East Lake Street).  You can really see how wide the Amtrak tunnel beneath the future River Point Park is.  You may remember that Amtrak required the tunnel be a little extra wide so there will be room for a future high speed rail line into Union Station.

The entirety of that deck will be park space.  Then on the left you can see an area that’s supposed to be retail or restaurant space, and also the beginnings of the staircase and public elevator that will lead down from Lake Street to the riverwalk.

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  1. I’ve seen that from the Pink/Green Line, and that looks like a TON of support for just the park. I guess it needs to span a large distance and hold full trees and soil, but only like 10 or 15 of those beams are used to make up a regular road bridge, yet they’re laying those as tightly as they can to hold some people and dogs walking around.

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