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Railroad overpass on track to be complete in May

Construction of the long-awaited railroad overpass is on track to be complete in May 2015.
According to TDOT Region I Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi, the contractor completed the deck pouring of the bridge on Oct. 27, it is in the curing stage as of now. Once the concrete cures, crews will be able to begin installation of the parapet railing on the sides of the bridges.
Following the installation of the railing, crews will paint the bridge itself. They will also be cleaning up various areas of the bridge where the equipment is no longer needed.
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, crews began working on the expansion joints at one end of the bridge with the other side to begin following the completion of the first.
Also, water and sewer line work is still ongoing and will continue for another three weeks as crews continue to work on the tie-in to go with the new bridge.
The expected completion date of the project is still May 20, 2015.
The bridge had initially been scheduled to be completed back in October but was changed to May 2015 to accommodate for a revision to the shop drawings submitted by the contractor. The change in drawings resulted in a need for a different type of steel structure which resulted in a delay while awaiting the new steel.
Back in June, construction crews placed the Bent 2 columns as well as the crossbeam that spans between them. In September, it was reported that crews were in the process of installing the deck forms and overhand jacks. The process was expected to take around two months.
Additionally, the sanitary sewer and water lines were being relocated along Main Avenue due to a conflict with the storm sewer design. The storm sewer construction resumed afterward.
When completed, the overpass will cross over both pairs of CSX tracks exiting the north end of the yard. The overpass will connect to Second Street and Main Avenue and provide an uninterrupted connection between Erwin and I-26.