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Detroit construction crews start laying steel track downtown for light rail project


DETROIT — Crews have started laying the track for Detroit's long-awaited commuter light rail project.

M-1 Rail construction workers dragged two 560-foot pieces of steel rail into the southbound lanes of Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit early Monday. The 4.5-ton strings of rail were delivered and welded earlier this month. They will next be set in place in preparation for their complete installment.

The 3.3 mile, $140-million light rail will stretch along Woodward Ave. from the city's riverfront to its New Center area. It is scheduled for completion in late 2016 and is expected to spur economic and job growth along the Woodward corridor.

Construction on the light rail started in late July.

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