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Martin Luther King Underpass Starting to Take Shape

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Martin Luther King Boulevard underpass in Yakima is starting to take shape, as crews begin the official excavation.

Most of the work up until now was preparation for digging, things like drilling in the concrete wall support and ripping up the roadways.

Before digging, the city needed to install a temporary track called a "shoo-fly" to divert trains around the site.

"The focus right now is on excavating down into the deepest parts of what will be the underpass and building those support walls," said Randy Beehler with the City of Yakima.

It's the second of two underpass projects created to stop backups caused by increased train traffic.

The first was the Lincoln underpass completed last year.

The Martin Luther King project is scheduled to finish by fall of 2014.