Bridge work still be­ing de­layed by CSX

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

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.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN FILE

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.

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