Smoother roads ahead

The intersection at Skinker Boulevard and Forest Park Parkway opened at 5 p.m. March 18 — 36 hours ahead of schedule — after a closure of more than a week due to the MetroLink expansion project. During the closure, construction crews (above) removed the temporary bridges south of the intersection, back-filled the hole and completed the pavement. Track construction of the MetroLink line is now 100 percent complete, and crews have strung together more than 50 percent of the catenary wire — the lines that deliver the power to the trains. And a majority of the paving on the Parkway is complete; crews are just waiting for warmer temperatures before finishing the Parkway and other reconstructed roadways with asphalt.