Bridge lighting celebrates completion of west corridor light-rail line

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By Ramsey Scott

RTD celebrated the final stage of construction on its new west corridor light-rail line, which runs from downtown Denver to the Jeffco government center in Golden, with the lighting of the Sixth Avenue Bridge on Jan. 23.  

Several hundred people gathered at Lakewood Fordland and along the West Sixth Avenue frontage road near the bridge to watch the lighting ceremony. More than a few photographers set up tripods along the road to capture the first watts to emanate from the bridge’s lights.

“I came with my daughter. I wanted us to see it; it’s a historical moment,” said Tim Watson. “She’ll be riding it by herself one day.”

The bridge, which has 600 tons of steel, was put in place in 2010 after being constructed in Oregon.

“We just had to come see it,” said Lisa Chap’pel, who lives in the neighborhood and came to see the lighting ceremony with several friends. “It’s going to be less traffic, and it’s going to be better for the environment.”

Over the next few months, RTD will be testing the line and training drivers in anticipation of the April 26 opening. The 12.1-mile line, part of RTD’s $6.4 billion Fastracks expansion, is opening eight months ahead of schedule.

“We watched the bridge getting rolled into place,” said Lakewood resident Dottie Unruh, who is looking forward to being able to head into Denver without having to deal with driving and parking. “It’s just exciting.”

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-233, ext. 22.