Work on Greenkill bridge hits snag

Rail­road’s in­abil­ity to sup­ply a flag­man will de­lay de­mo­li­tion of span

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­ paulat­free­man on Twitter

KINGSTON >> Re­moval of steel from the Greenkill Av­enue bridge, which had been ex­pected to start this week, is likely to be de­layed be­cause of a snafu in­volv­ing the post­ing of a safety flag­man at the site, ac­cord­ing to a city of­fi­cial.

City En­gi­neer Ralph Swen­son said CSX Corp., which op­er­ates trains that use a par­al­lel bridge just feet away, is un­able to sup­ply a flag­man for the project this week.

Un­der the law, Swen­son said, the city must use a CSX safety flag­man to check the steel re­moval be­cause of its close­ness to the CSX bridge. The

steel can­not be re­moved un­less a flag­man is sta­tioned at the bridge de­mo­li­tion site, he added.

“There are cer­tain rules that the rail­road has when work is be­ing done in prox­im­ity to their tracks and they dic­tate what is done within that zone and when,” Swen­son said. “We are re­quired to use their em­ploy­ees for flag­ging.”

Swen­son said that, if the safety flag­man spots what CSX con­sid­ers a safety prob­lem dur­ing the steel de­mo­li­tion, the project could be fur­ther de­layed. The steel re­moval, which is to be done at night, is part of the de­mo­li­tion of the Greenkill Av­enue Bridge to make way for a re­place­ment. De­mo­li­tion of con­crete and as­phalt be­gan on Nov. 7. The en­tire de­mo­li­tion project was to take two weeks. It then will take about a year to build the re­place­ment bridge. Broad­way be­neath the bridge is to re­main open to traf­fic through­out the project, though in­ter­mit­tent lane clo­sures are pos­si­ble. Also, overnight clo­sures are ex­pected dur­ing the up­com­ing steel-re­moval process.

The project is be­ing car­ried out by con­trac­tor Bette & Cring, which sub­mit­ted a low bid of $2.08 mil­lion. New York state is ex­pected to cover about 95 per­cent of the cost.

The city ini­tially ex­pected the project to cost about $3.5 mil­lion.

The Greenkill Av­enue bridge, built in 1952, is about 86 feet long and was found to have av­er­age daily use of about 4,000 ve­hi­cles in a study con­ducted three years ago. It’s be­ing re­placed due to de­te­ri­o­ra­tion deemed too se­ri­ous to re­pair.

De­tours for driv­ers who typ­i­cally would use the bridge have been posted.


Greenkill Av­enue bridge, Kingston, Nov. 10, 2016

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