Detroit crews start pouring concrete for commuter light rail project along Woodward Ave.

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DETROIT — Crews have started pouring concrete for Detroit's long-awaited commuter light rail project.

M-1 Rail construction workers poured nearly 900 cubic yards of concrete in downtown Detroit Saturday, marking the first full production pour of the project. Project spokespeople said in a statement the development followed the successful installment of a stretch of track. Concrete will be poured in increments along the length of the line and crews will continue to work in sections.

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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