In a progress report Norfolk Southern said that steel construction has begun on the main arch span of the Portageville Rail Bridge that crosses the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park in Portageville, New York.
Work also has been done in blasting the gorge walls.
In a news release, the engineering firm Modjeski and Masters described the project as one of the largest to be undertaken by NS.
The bridge is located on the Southern Tier Line of the former Erie Railroad between Buffalo and Binghamton, New York.
NS has said that the 820-foot steel viaduct no longer is adequate for heavy freight traffic.
“The existing railroad bridge has defined the viewshed of the gorge and waterfalls since 1875,” said project manager Kevin Johns. “The erection of the first steel members of the new arch bridge marks the start of what will be the new viewshed for at least the next 100 years.”
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