I was advised late Thursday afternoon that it looks like we’ll be able to re-open both lanes of the Crain Avenue Bridge Friday morning. The plan is to close both lanes at midnight Thursday so that we can send our crews out to chip away all of the ice and snow that has built up in the lane that’s been closed. If all things go well we should be able to open both lanes by Friday morning at 6 am and then we can all file away the train derailment of November 20, 2008 as a memory we’d just as soon forget.
Here’s the details from Public Service Director Gene Roberts:
Pat Homan was informed that Mid West Mole has completed their work allowing for the reopening of the west bound lanes of the Crain Avenue Bridge. Jack Hogue and his staff will be working through the night removing snow from the downtown area to allow for anticipated new snow fall and will make clearing the bridge their first priority. The bridge will be closed at 12:00 AM Friday to both east and west bound traffic, reopening by 6:00 AM Friday to bidirectional traffic. This work does require considerable effort as the west bound lanes are covered with 2 to 3 inches of ice and the snow piled from the contractor’s operation needs to be removed for traffic.