|Tawana Roberts — The News-Herald|
Norfolk Southern Railroad is replacing a 112-year-old bridge in Painesville.
“Construction of the new bridge began in March 2017 and is expected to be completed and supporting train traffic by late summer of 2018,” Glass said. “Work crews now are constructing the foundations and concrete towers that will support the bridge. The bridge foundations are being drilled down to bedrock, a distance that ranges from 30 to 100 feet below ground surface.”
“In addition, the new bridge’s concrete towers will have less of a footprint in the Grand River, improving the flow of the river in that location,” he said. “The new bridge span will be supported by seven concrete column towers, while the old bridge is supported by 14 towers.”
The line typically carries 10 to 15 Norfolk Southern trains daily through Painesville, moving freight that includes finished automobiles, aggregate stone, and consumer goods packed in shipping containers and trailers, he said.
Glass said Norfolk Southern directly serves about a half dozen industries in Painesville on a secondary rail line known as the Fairport Branch Line. One local train daily moves product to and from customers in Painesville, including goods such as coiled steel, sand, plastic pellets, chemicals and animal byproducts used as a nutritional supplement for livestock.