A look at Metro track work behind the scenes

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Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld talks with reporters in a work zone. (WTOP/Max Smith) As Metro undergoes major track work this summer, officials gave reporters a behind the scenes tour of the changes as they happen. (WTOP/Max Smith)
Workers make updates the Metro rails as seen during a tour of the track work being done this summer. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
The intrusion detection warning system is disconnected so that crews moving ties and other equipment that may bump against the fence do not set off alarms. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
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The track work completed in June can be seen on the left, and the track being worked on now is on the right in this photo. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
Metro is moving third rail jumper cable connections from the inside of the rail where trains run to the outside where it is more protected. The older, inside connection, is seen on the third rail on the near track. The far track, typically used for inbound trains, already had the change made at this location last month. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
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Metro workers complete repairs as part of a plan to make tracks safer. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
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Laura Mason talks to Metro workers and reporters. She is managing metro’s 24/7 track work program. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
A train is seen on the tracks as workers complete repairs during Metro’s track work plan this summer. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
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Pictured is a defector that would sound a warning if third rail power came back on unexpectedly. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
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Equipment is seen on the tracks during a tour for reporters of the track repairs being done on local Metro rails. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
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Equipment is seen on the tracks during a tour for reporters of the track repairs being done on local Metro rails. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
A Metro worker is seen doing repairs during summer 2016's 24/7 trackwork program. (WTOP/Max Smith)
A Metro worker is seen doing repairs during this summer’s 24/7 trackwork program. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
Tools are seen on the Metro tracks during a tour of the 24/7 trackwork program. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
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A sign indicates the end of the work area as the track exits into Ballston. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
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Tools are seen on the tracks as reporters get a tour of the repairs happening this summer. (WTOP/Max Smith) (WTOP/Max Smith)
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A Metro worker is seen doing repairs during summer 2016's 24/7 trackwork program. (WTOP/Max Smith)
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