It may not be the greatest but here’s the latest from Gene Roberts regarding the repairs and prospective reopening of the Crain Avenue bridge.
EMAIL FROM GENE ROBERTS, KENT PUBLIC SERVICE DIRECTOR
“CSX has completed their temporary rail repairs today. The temporary rail “panels” installed by R J Corman Derailment Services last Friday (11/21/08) and completed Saturday morning (04:00) have been set to grade by CSX personnel around 13:00 Tuesday. The temporary rail panels are pre-assembled (rail and cross ties hauled to the site in 50-ft. sections and bolted together for emergency rail replacement. CSX will replace the temporary rail panels sometime next summer with continuous rails. The completion of the adjustment to the rails (grade setting) will allow CSX to return to normal speed on their rails.
A meeting with CSX and their environmental cleanup firm, Sunpro, was held on site today. Sunpro worked at removing the coal from the storm sewer headwall just south of the bridge. This work was done to allow storm water to drain from the east side of the rails and prevent subgrade soil saturation of the rail bed. Sunpro will be onsite all night pumping storm water around to prevent contamination (coal mixing with runoff water) from reaching the Cuyahoga River. They have advised that their schedule is to restore the storm sewer flow on the south side of the bridge by Wednesday evening.
Sunpro stated that they will need two weeks to remove the coal piled up during the emergency site repair operations. After the coal is removed the train car debris will be removed along with all the cross ties and rail that was damaged during the derailment.
The original repairs anticipated for the City’s sanitary and storm sewer can not be completed as planned. What is needed to be done to place these utilities back in service is to replace both sewers from the upper tracks to their current termination points. A 12-inch sanitary sewer will be placed under the rail using the existing 18-inch storm sewer as a casing pipe which will connect the upstream end at a manhole on the slope between the upper and lower tracks and the north end manhole on the City’s north-south interceptor sanitary sewer. Once the sanitary sewer is complete the CSX contractor will grout the area between the old storm sewer and the new sanitary sewer.
A new storm sewer will be directionally drilled through the bedrock starting north of the existing Crain Avenue bridge and west of the CSX rails at an angle to the southeast to connect to the existing storm sewer outfall located between the east bridge abutment and the sanitary sewer. CSX representatives have authorized this work at their expense.
The sanitary work will continue through Wednesday evening and then work will be suspended until Monday, December 1. Considerable discussion occurred prior to deciding to suspend work but the final determination was made based on the fact that parts would not be available until after the holiday. The simple problem is the work will be designed while it is being built and it is unknown exactly what pipe fittings and other materials or equipment will be needed to complete the connections.
Midwest Mole, CSX’s Contractor completing the sewer replacements, believe if all goes well it will take until Friday December 5, 2008 to complete the sanitary sewer repair and the following Friday December 12 to complete the storm sewer repairs.
With all the work activities planned for the next two plus weeks, the weather forecast (snow), the safety of the workers on site and equally the safety of the motoring public the bridge will not be opened until such time as all the work requiring the bridge for access is complete. Current estimate for the Crain Avenue bridge reopening is Friday December 12. The only alternative would be to open and close the bridge as needed for work progression, which is believed to become a larger problem/aggravation for our residents than the alternative of leaving the bridge closed until it can be opened without interruption.
It must be stated that the cleanup and repairs are still very dynamic and subject to change and further updates will be forthcoming as work progresses.