Crossties

JUL-AUG 2018

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CONTACT RTA WEBSITE BECOME A MEMBER BECOME A MEMBER RTA WEBSITE CONTACT Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest Products Eagle Metal Products East Coast Railroad Gross & Janes Co. Hurdle Machine Works Koppers Inc. CROSSTIES • JULY/AUGUST 2018 12 span, constructed 75 feet south of the former bridge. In addition to enhancing rail safety and operating efficiencies, the new span enables NS to transport rail cars loaded to the indus- try standard 286,000 pounds. The iron truss bridge it replaced—built in 1875 by the Erie Railroad and unable to support modern freight rail needs—created supply-chain inefficiencies. Rail car weights had to be reduced 13,000 pounds below the standard, and train speed was restricted to 10 mph. Trains crossing the new bridge are operating at up to 30 mph with fully loaded cars. New York-based businesses benefitting include 10 short line railroads that ser- vice and connect local industries to NS's network. NS transports freight across the Southern Tier for about 1,100 customers in more than 20 states. New York State funded $15.5 million for the bridge's design and construction, includ- ing a $2 million grant from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and $13.5 million in state and federal funds through the New York State Department of Transportation. NS invested $59.5 million. The project qualified for funding through the Federal Highway Administration's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality improvement program, in recognition of freight rail's environmental benefits of reduced carbon emissions compared with shipping goods by truck. "This modern engineering marvel dem- onstrates NS's commitment to meet our customers' transportation needs while being good stewards of the environment," said NS Vice President Engineering Phil Merilli. "Only a few arch bridges of this type have been built by the rail industry in the past century, making this a truly unique experi- ence." Through the partnership, NS improved trails and public access to Letchworth State Park and preserved portions of the old bridge for use in historical exhibits. The new bridge's arch design minimizes the railroad's environmental footprint in the Genesee River and frames a view of the river gorge. "The completion of this new rail bridge complements the beauty of Letchworth State Park as park visitors will continue to marvel at one of the more impres- sive structures spanning the picturesque Genesee River Gorge," said New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. "I applaud Gov. Cuomo for taking the neces- sary actions that have resulted in a safer, more efficient rail bridge that will serve the Genesee and Finger Lakes communities for many years to come." Nisus Corporation provided railroad bridge ties dual treated using Cellutreat Liquid DOT (borate) and QNAP (copper naphthenate) technology. "The railroads are very focused on sustainability, and Nisus products support that effort," said Nisus President/CEO Kevin L. Kirkland. "Being part of such an important project that will last for many generations demonstrates the core mission of Nisus as producers of sus- tainable, clean wood protection methods that work with the natural environment instead of against it." Bridge engineering firm Modjeski and Masters provided inspection and rating of the existing bridge, guided NS through the New York State Environmental Quality Review process, and designed the replace- ment for the existing truss bridge. According to company officials, the pre- ferred span arrangement of new arch struc- ture required the relocation of Park Road, the High Bridge parking area, and the Mary Jemison and Gorge Trails. Located under the west approach spans at the edge of the river gorge, Park Road was successfully realigned to simultaneously accommodate the arch skewback and pier foundations. This improved roadway align- ment results in increased sight distance and better scenic viewing accessibility to park patrons. XXX GENESEE ARCH BRIDGE Modjeski & Masters

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