By Brett Samuels
SCHENECTADY — Crews began removing the rail bridge above Nott Street Thursday afternoon as part of a month-long project to install a new span.
Nott Street was closed to traffic starting Jan. 3, as CP Rail began replacing the aged railroad bridge. The old structure is being replaced in sections to limit service interruptions, as Amtrak and freight trains continue to use the bridge.
The process is a complex one, Schenectady City Engineer Chris Wallin said. Workers on Thursday built a temporary bridge under the original span to support passing trains, he said.
Crews will now remove the old steel, install the new steel and remove the temporary bridge and old abutments, he said. The new bridge is set to be installed Friday, Wallin said.
The new structure will be about 120 feet long, about twice the length of the existing span. The extension will allow for construction of an additional turn lane under the bridge, as drivers on Nott Street approach the roundabout on Erie Boulevard.
The bridge is expected to be finished — and Nott Street reopened — by the end of the month.
That would be in time for the opening of Rivers Casino & Resort on Feb. 8. The casino is located on the Mohawk Harbor site across the street and is visible from the Nott Street bridge.