Progess is sometimes measured in small steps and according to the latest update from Public Service Director Gene Roberts and his staff, it looks like we’re about to take a baby step by opening the in-bound (or eastbound) lane of the Crain Avenue Bridge Friday evening. It’s pretty hard to find much good to say about the train derailment, bridge closure and corresponding downtown traffic jam this past couple of weeks except that perhaps it did give us a evidence for the importance of the bridge to our City’s transportation network and seeing the traffic problems that followed the bridge closure I can certainly understand why the citizens committee made a recommendation to build a new bridge next to the existing bridge in order to keep traffic flowing during the bridge construction process. Can you imagine 3 years of this kind of traffic congestion.
Here’s the latest update from our Engineering staff on the status of the Crain Avenue bridge closing. I know that everyone is anxious to have the bridge re-opened but the repairs to the sewer lines have been very challenging and as we’ve learned getting railroad cooperation is rarely easy but thanks to Gene Roberts and his staff it looks like there’s light at the end of the tunnel – and this time I don’t think it’s not an oncoming train.
The sanitary sewer across the Crain Avenue bridge is anticipated to be completed sometime this afternoon or tomorrow morning. This means that the pump will no longer be required. As mentioned in an earlier email from Gene (12/4/08), we are planning to open the bridge for eastbound traffic only. The estimated time for the opening is 7:00 pm Friday. We will be setting up the necessary traffic control devices tomorrow morning along with activating the Crain/Lake/Water traffic signal to normal operation. We will also be sending out a press release this afternoon.
Jon P. Giaquinto, PE