Bridge fea­tures mimic span’s his­toric look

The Times-Tribune - - Front Page - BY BORYS KRAWCZENIUK STAFF WRITER

The new Har­ri­son Av­enue Bridge should open for cars, trucks and his­tory buffs next month.

Crews from Minichi Inc. of Dupont have been on the $30.8 mil­lion job for three years and have be­gun in­stalling the his­toric fea­tures meant to at least mimic what the ex­ist­ing bridge con­nect­ing Scran­ton’s Hill Sec­tion and South Scran­ton looked like when it opened in Septem­ber 1922.

The in­stal­la­tion of 16-foot-high obelisks and or­nate light­ing from that era plus or­na­men­tal fenc­ing should be mostly done when the

bridge opens. De­te­ri­o­ra­tion forced re­moval of the old obelisks decades ago.

“I think when we’re all done it’s go­ing to be very ap­peal­ing as the gate­way to the city,” said Tom Bai­ley, Minichi’s project man­ager.

Un­der­neath, the new bridge will dif­fer greatly. The ex­ist­ing bridge con­sists of con­crete and steel gird­ers fash­ioned into dis­tinct curved sup­port­ing arches. The new one’s un­der­side is mostly con­crete with straight up and down piers.

The state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion still hasn’t set a spe­cific Novem­ber date for open­ing the bridge, and the project has an­other construction sea­son to go be­fore it’s all done.

“There’s quite a lot to do,” Bai­ley said. “It’s quite in­volved.” Still left to do:

■ De­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing bridge. That will hap­pen mostly in the spring through an im­plo­sion. Minichi can’t fin­ish the side­walk on the east­ern side be­cause the old bridge is in the way. The other side­walk will open. The com­pany won’t in­stall light poles on the east­ern side ei­ther so the de­mo­li­tion doesn’t dam­age them.

When the new bridge opens, at first it will have two nar­rower lanes to leave room for the work on the east­ern side.

“You can’t do ev­ery­thing un­til you start tear­ing this bridge down,” Pen­nDOT spokesman James May said.

Re­build­ing the in­bound lanes of the Cen­tral Scran­ton Ex­press­way. As part of the project, Minichi ripped out the lanes plus about 20 feet of earth be­neath them. That was nec­es­sary to clear space for the ac­cess road needed to get a mas­sive drill in place to open the hole where the bridge’s south­ern piers sink 55 feet deep into the earth.

Con­nect­ing the south­ern end of the bridge to Front Street, a street off the ex­ist­ing bridge. That will en­tail length­en­ing Front Street to reach the new bridge.

Re­plac­ing Duffy Park with a new ver­sion of it.

“Where the road (on Har­ri­son Av­enue) is now is where the park will be,” May said. Con­tact the writer: bkrawcze­niuk@timessham­rock.com; 570-348-9147; @Bo­rys­BlogTT on Twit­ter

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.