High-speed rail project employing new construction tech that minimizes traffic disruptions

High-speed rail project employing new construction tech that minimizes traffic disruptions

ORLANDO, Fla. — Brightline’s plan to build a high-speed train connecting Central Florida to South Florida will soon require the closure of a major Orange County intersection.

However, new, cutting-edge technology is making that construction less of a pain for drivers.

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Starting Wednesday, Southbound traffic on Goldenrod Rd. will be detoured at State Road 528 to accommodate the installation of train tunnels under the road.

Crews will use new technology that will cut the length of the road closure to a fraction of what it would be normally.

Officials say the standard method for completing such a project would require a complete shutdown of the road for up to a year.

Using the innovative “Box Jack” system, they’re able to do it in two weeks while keeping the roadway partially open.

The $550 million project will one day connect train riders from Orlando International Airport to Cocoa, possibly as soon as 2022, and will ultimately connect to Miami.