We’ve got AT&T crews working off the side of the Main Street bridge, we’ve got CSX crews working on the Crain Avenue bridge, we’ve got a Portage County contractor working on the Middlebury Road bridge, we’ve got a City contractor getting ready to work on Spaulding Road bridge and ODOT’s gearing up to get some bridge contractors working on SR 261. We’ve got bridge work coming out our ears, and I know it can be frustrating as a driver to keep up with what’s open and what’s closed. According to an update from Gene Roberts, Public Service Director, we at least seem to be closing in on a completion date for the Crain Avenue bridge. Here’s the update.
As frustrations mount on some of the bridge closures I wanted to at least clarify that the repairs being done on the Crain Avenue bridge are being done by a contractor for CSX – not the City. Certainly since CSX broke our sewer lines we’ve been involved in the repair and replacement work but the contractor is actually working for CSX and to that extent CSX (and the weather as well) is driving the schedule, not the City.
When our crews were actually involved immediately after the incident we kept city workers on site around the clock but CSX has not chosen to have their contractor work that schedule. Given the nature of the sewer damage we didn’t really have a choice but to keep the north lane closed so the CSX contractor had a place from which they could mobilize and repair the broken pipes. Gene has stayed in constant contact with CSX’s contractor and he’s done his best to keep the work moving forward. Based on Gene’s update it appears that perhaps by the end of next week (January 30th) the work may be completed.
January 23, 2009
Midwest Mole has made the following progress completing the repairs necessary for the City’s storm sewer since the last update of Jan 12, 2009:
Directional drilling through the rock under the rails is complete
Manholes have been installed on the river side and wall side of the tracks
Pipe has been placed between river and the east side of the rails
Headwall at river outfall partially completed
Vertical pipe connecting to City storm sewer is partially completed
Work is progressing today attempting to make the final tie into the City’s upper storm sewer pipe. Remaining to be done is the completion of the tie in at the City’s storm sewer, completion of the headwall at the Cuyahoga River and site cleanup. Currently Midwest Mole is projecting their work to be completed by Friday January 30, 2009.
I will forward an update as Midwest Mole’s work progresses and if they complete their work early or experience delays requiring the bridge to remain closed past their current estimated completion date.