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Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY
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« Reply #80 on: Aug 3rd, 2017, 9:49am »
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The arch is finished!


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« Reply #81 on: Aug 3rd, 2017, 9:50am »
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« Reply #82 on: Aug 3rd, 2017, 4:43pm »
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Awesome shot!!!!

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« Reply #83 on: Aug 3rd, 2017, 5:03pm »
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Information on bridge frorm Modjeski and Masters (the designers) web site:
http://www.modjeski.com/projects/detail.aspx?Portageville-Arch
 
Total bridge length:  819 feet
Main Span length:  483 feet
Total track relocation:  4200+/- feet
Single track ballasted deck
 
Heigth above stream not given in their description


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Re: Portageville High Bridge-Replacement? Letchworth Park, NY
 
« Reply #84 on: Aug 5th, 2017, 7:14pm »
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Quite a bridge, no question.

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« Reply #85 on: Oct 11th, 2017, 11:13pm »
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A question asked and answered in the other file that is running on this structure:
 
What is the currently anticipated opening date?  Answer:  December.
How quickly after that before the current structure is gone?  That would depend upon the contract requirements and the abilities of the contractor.  If I was making the decision given the upstate New York location, it would be,  "Goodby.  I will be back in June when the weather ceases to resemble that of the North Pole."


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« Reply #86 on: Oct 17th, 2017, 6:12pm »
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That is going to be a very handsome bridge when done. Will look forward to seeing some trains on it. Maybe even a steam-powered excursion train...

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« Reply #87 on: Oct 25th, 2017, 12:39pm »
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Still don't understand why people persist in putting information on this structure in this other file:
  Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Portageville Bridge Update  
as the structure is not on this line.  However, go over there to see some recent pictures of the completed arch.


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« Reply #88 on: Nov 27th, 2017, 10:14pm »
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The new span should be "cut in" in about two weeks. Weather permitting, and for now the weather is cooperating  


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« Reply #89 on: Nov 28th, 2017, 3:58pm »
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This link mooched from Trainorders.  Great aerial views from a drone.
 
https://www.facebook.com/JohnKuckoDigital/videos/1975223646081515/?fref=gs&dti=560512507348806&hc_location=group


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« Reply #90 on: Nov 28th, 2017, 6:41pm »
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I am fairly sure most of this information is somewhere in this chain, but here are the basics in one paragraph.
Source:   http://www.americanbridge.net/featured-projects/portageville-bridge-replacement/
American Bridge has the contract to construct the replacement.
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the new bridge will be a 483-foot arch with three, 80-foot girder spans on either end for a total length of 963 feet. The single track bridge will have a ballast-filled concrete deck, and when complete, will sit 235 feet above the rushing water below.

 
They describe the existing bridge as being 819 feeet long. Much of the additional length appears to be on the west end and probably for the benefit of the park road.


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« Reply #91 on: Dec 13th, 2017, 8:23pm »
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The new bridge has opened!  
 
From http://www.thelcn.com/lcn01/new-era-first-train-crosses-new-portage-viaduct-as-service-ends-on-142-year-old-icon-20171211 :
 
 
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LETCHWORTH STATE PARK — A new era opened without much fanfare Monday, while a local icon met the end of the line.
 
Norfolk Southern Train 36T was the first to travel over the new Portage Viaduct, according to railroad officials. It crossed over the Genesee River on a cold afternoon.
 
Traffic has ceased on the older, 142-year-old span that’s been an area hallmark for generations.
 
“It cut over today,” said spokesman Jon Glass of Norfolk Southern of the new bridge entering service. “The first train went over at 2:20 p.m. so we’re using the new bridge now. The old bridge will be dismantled next year.”
 
The surprise opening came with no real public notice. It followed about two years of construction and was the capstone of a process which began about 15 years ago.
 
The old bridge had reached the end of its useful life and was ranked among the state’s top 10 railroad bottlenecks. Speeds were limited to 10 mph with freight car weights restricted to 13,000 pounds below the standard.
 
The new $75 million arch span is 963 feet long and can support the standard 286,000 pounds. Trains will travel across the single-track bridge at 30 mph in comparison.
 
The bridge’s opening was the final step in a process which included improvements through the entire Southern Tier Line, meant to enhance freight service throughout New York, New England, the Midwest, Canada and beyond.
 
The new bridge was likewise touted as improving safety, since trespassers were a very common problem on the old span.
 
“This is a very exciting day for Norfolk Southern and for the future of freight rail service in New York’s Southern Tier region,” said James A. Squires, chairman, president and CEO, in a news release. “The successful completion of this bridge is an excellent demonstration of how the public and private sectors can work together on freight transportation projects that generate significant public benefits and are vital to U.S. commerce. It’s also a testament to Norfolk Southern’s robust bridge program and the ingenuity of engineers and railroaders.”
 
The new bridge was funded by a public-private partnership including Norfolk Southern, the State Department of Transportation, railroad officials said.
 
Among the New York-based businesses benefitting from the bridge are 10 short line railroads connecting into Norfolk Southern’s network. The railroad transports freight over the Southern Tier Line for about 1,100 customers in more than 20 states.
 
Train 36T was a general merchandise freight traveling from Buffalo to Allentown, Pa. on the Southern Tier line, Norfolk Southern officials said. Its schedule included stops in Corning and Binghamton.
 
All traffic has ceased on the older span, which has remained a highly-popular landmark — any image of the upper falls invariably showed the old bridge.
 
The final train to cross was the I2K, an intermodal freight traveling from Buffalo to Mechanicsville at 1:30 a.m. Monday, Glass said.
 
Large crowds turned out in 2014 and 2015 at Letchworth State Park as a private passenger car excursion and separate excursion led by the Nickle Plate Road 765 steam locomotive made their way over the old structure.
 
Many of those present visited with the understanding that the old bridge was seeing its last days.
 
But railroad officials said it had reached the end of its operational life, with maintenance becoming an additional issue beyond maintenance and bottlenecks.


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« Reply #92 on: Dec 14th, 2017, 7:50am »
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Plans are already in the final stages for the demolition of the old bridge. They will take it down in pieces and not implode the bridge.

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on Dec 14th, 2017, 7:50am, towny72 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Plans are already in the final stages for the demolition of the old bridge. They will take it down in pieces and not implode the bridge.  

I would suspect that an "implosion" was not even on the list of possibilities.  It is certain that all remnants will have to be removed from the gorge.   I know there was a good bit of talk about turning it over to the park and it being turned into a pedestrian walkway, but it seems everyone wanting it found their hand was broken when they had to reach for their checkbook.
 
When the graffiti artists decide they want to leave their mark on the new bridge I would suggest that be a good reason for New York State to reinstate use of capital punishment.


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