Bridge work still being delayed by CSX
Removal of steel from the Greenkill Avenue bridge above Broadway remains delayed as the city continues to seek an employee of CSX Corp. to serve as a safety flagman who will watch over the work, a city official said this week.
But City Engineer Ralph Swenson said concrete work on the Midtown bridge’s abutments can proceed as the project awaits word from CSX, which has a railroad bridge next to the Greenkill span.
The Greenkill Avenue bridge, which is 64 years old, is being replaced due to deterioration deemed too serious to repair.
The concrete and asphalt on the bridge have been removed, and removal of the span’s steel structure was to begin the week of Nov. 7, with work being carried out at night. Had CSX had a flagman on site at the time, the steel would be down by now, Swenson said.
Swenson said the city must use a CSX safety flagman to check the steel removal because of the Greenkill bridge’s closeness to the CSX bridge.
“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 has said. “We are required to use their employees for flagging.”
The entire project — demolishing the current Greenkill Avenue bridge and erecting its replacement — is expected to take about a year.
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 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 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.
Detours for drivers who typically would use the bridge have been posted.
The steel structure of the Greenkill Avenue bridge, all that remains of the span, is shown Nov. 10 in a photo taken from Broadway in Midtown Kingston. The bridge in the background carries CSX freight trains.