Although it may not be evident when you drive by the Crain Avenue bridge the railroad’s repair contractors are actually making some progress. They finished installing the new sanitary sewer and they’re currently at work relocating the City’s storm sewer. It’s the storm sewer relocation that is taking more time than any of us were hoping and based on our Public Service Director’s most recent update, it looks like we’ve got another 2-3 weeks with the bridge reduced to a single lane. Here’s Gene’s update.
Midwest mole has completed the necessary repairs to the City’s sanitary sewer under the Crain Avenue Bridge made necessary by the CSX train derailment on November 20, 2008.
Currently CSX’s Contractor, Midwest Mole, is working on the City’s storm sewer which has been relocated to just north of the bridge. The work completed includes drilling horizontally through the bedrock under the rails from the river side to the east side of the tracks. Today Midwest Mole is excavating along the east side of the tracks down into the bedrock to uncover the east end of their casing pipe and to install a steel casing pipe manhole. From the steel casing manhole they will install a vertical drop pipe up to the existing City storm sewer under the overhang of the bridge. Once the ventricle drop pipe is installed Midwest Mole will return to the river side of the tracks and open cut the rock to extend the storm sewer to the river.
I have a talked in to Vinton McGinnis, Midwest Mole regarding his estimated time to finish the new storm sewer under the Crain Avenue bridge. Vinton advised that they we be another 2-3 weeks to complete the repair. The process is taking longer do to the winter weather and the rock core in proximity to two fiber optical lines.
I will forward an update approximately one week from today.