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Crews digging new pipe unearth old rail line near 18th and Vine

Posted at 11:49 AM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 12:49:23-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As some Kansas City voters mail in ballots for an extended new streetcar rail line, Water Department workers have possibly unearthed an old rail line.

The department is in the process of digging up an old 8-inch main, in place since 1882, and replacing it with a new 12-inch main on 18th Street between Woodland and Campbell.

During the digging process near 18th and Vine, crews noticed a series of concrete columns every five feet.

Project Manager Rebecca Mitchell and her crew think the columns are evidence of an old rail line in the area.

The crew’s progress was the focus of a Water Department video posted Monday:

Although roads will remain partially open during the work, the water department said motorists might encounter some delays. The main work is expected to wrap up in May, with street work repair starting after.