Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby KevinD » Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:44 am

That is just sad....
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby D Alex » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:59 pm



Is "Bridgey McBridgeface" in the running?
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby Fireman43 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:23 pm

Just saw this - was this the 'original' thread on bridge replacement?

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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby 452 Card » Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:31 am

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The new parking lot is for the access to trail #1, the "Gorge Trail". They kept the access to the old CCC-constructed stairway to the lower area picnic field. It can be seen in this photo as a round shape at right-center. It is supposed that the "Mary Jemison" trail will also be re-aligned to lead to the new parking lot. The park road will in fact be re-aligned to run further west under the new bridge after the old bridges' embankment is removed and the area graded. This removes the severe hairpin in that area, which was shored up a few years ago to strengthen the area due to a fragile condition underground. Gaining access to trail 1 with the old parking lot was a bit dangerous as the view was limited crossing the park road, resulting in Dodge-A-Car moves at times. The new lot removes that situation, except if they align the Jemison trail to end there. Then crossing the park road will happen there.
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby thebigham » Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:20 pm

^That's a great pic! The bridge was built right next to the embankment of the old bridge. I thought it was over more to the right.

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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby MACTRAXX » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:13 pm



Everyone:

For those who do not use Facebook like myself: What is wrong with "The Portageville Bridge"?

We Forum members have been using this term for some years now...Has there been anything
anyone has come up with that may be better that has been posted? Sometimes it does pay to
leave well enough alone and not change something that many are familiar with...MACTRAXX
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby JoeS » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:21 pm

The bridge was officially called "Portage Viaduct" by the Erie Railroad... How about "New Portage Viaduct"?
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby ANRP2 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:21 am

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In case you don't know Generic Foamer, you should. And to honor his commitment to rails (and his inevitable demise, I suppose), I second his self-nomination to call the bridge the Generic Foamer Memorial Bridge:
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby SST » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:18 am

When discussing the old bridge vs the new bridge whey not consider using the following: PV1 [old] and PV2 [new].
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby mkirsch » Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:58 pm

Doesn't the namesake have to be dead in order for the bridge to be a "memorial?"
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby charlie6017 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:05 pm

mkirsch wrote:Doesn't the namesake have to be dead in order for the bridge to be a "memorial?"


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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby Matt Langworthy » Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:30 am

I voted for Genesee Arch Bridge as the new bridge name on the NS Facebook page. IMO, Portage Viaduct should be used to honor the old bridge... while the new bridge has a new name of its own.
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby thebigham » Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:53 am

John Kucko pic from April 21
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby thebigham » Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:59 am

John Kucko picture posted on April 26:

Panther Pride in Portage: Have tried to showcase the multiple layers of getting the spectacular new rail bridge built at Letchworth SP. American Bridge, based near Pittsburgh, sent some of its finest engineers to oversee this massive endeavor. These three (from left: Josh Munzek, Jonathan Weaver and Dan Stauffer) have called Portage "home" for the last couple of years. All three attended the University of Pittsburgh and have had crucial roles in the history that has transpired here. Jonathan is the Project Manager, overseeing it all. He's like the conductor of a large orchestra, making sure each component comes together to produce perfect harmony. Josh and Dan are Field Engineers, two of the rising stars for American Bridge. Dan's last day is tomorrow, he moves to Kansas City to be part of another bridge project there and gets a nice promotion. Josh will remain here with Jonathan and see this project through to the very end--until the last tree is planted and restoration is complete. Anytime I needed information on numbers (weight of iron, size of gusset plates, etc.) Josh always delivered good information. The life of these kinds of engineers is such that they move every two or three years, onto the next project. American Bridge has had a few others here, but these guys I got to know best. Without them, and the blessing of Norfolk Southern, none of my documentation would have been possible. American Bridge is lucky to have these three! They have helped create a lasting legacy here and I'll miss my visits with them at their cozy little office trailer at the east end.
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Re: Portageville Bridge Replacement, Future Tier Traffic

Postby thebigham » Sun May 20, 2018 6:00 pm

John Kucko pic from Saturday, May 19
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