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From: Kevin DeGroff kdegroffrr AT embarqmail DOT com
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 19:53:24 -0400
Subject: Re: (erielack) Portage Bridge near Hornell
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NS has been methodically replacing the tall bridges on the Nickel Plate
between Cleveland and Buffalo over the past 10
years, so I dont see how portage would be a problem. A 24 hr work window
is enough to replace one bent and adjoining
girder, allowing the replacement to happen under traffic over the course
of several weeks. Portage will get replaced, since
NS has spent all the money on the other bridges already. Fancy new
bridges to the west that lead to a truncated line
wouldn't make financial sense.

These photos by Sig Case show the 2001 replacement of the NKP bridge at
Westfield NY.

Unless there is a some geological problem with the land that a layperson
is unaware of, I dont see why portage
could not be done in the same fashion, using the existing alignment.
Absent the geological need for a different
bridge design (i.e arch type), a new alignment just for the sake of one
wouldnt buy NS much, as you would still
have the trespasser problem.

Also, dont forget that NS is posturing for state $$$. The situation may
not be as dire as the press reports.


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