13 Dec Norfolk Southern Opens New Portageville Bridge to Trains
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We are proud to have supplied the high performance waterproofing for this historic project, which will protect this important piece of infrastructure for years to come.
Castle, NY, December 11, 2017 – Beginning at 2:20 PM, Norfolk Southern Railway began running trains across the brand new Portageville Bridge, a 963-foot-long steel arch railroad span in Letchworth State Park in Castle, New York. The bridge spans the 235-foot-deep Genesee River gorge, and replaces an iron truss bridge built in 1875 by the Erie Railroad.
The concrete deck was protected with Bridge Deck Membrane, an innovative, high performance spray applied waterproofing product. Curing in seconds, the membrane can be sprayed on horizontal, vertical, and overhead surfaces, and allows rapid return to service.
It's...a testament to Norfolk Southern’s robust bridge program and the ingenuity of engineers and railroaders.
“This is a very exciting day for Norfolk Southern and for the future of freight rail service in New York’s Southern Tier region,” said James A. Squires, chairman, president and CEO. “The successful completion of this bridge is an excellent demonstration of how the public and private sectors can work together on freight transportation projects that generate significant public benefits and are vital to U.S. commerce. It’s also a testament to Norfolk Southern’s robust bridge program and the ingenuity of engineers and railroaders.”
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Specializing in the rail and highway markets, Bridge Preservation manufactures high performance spray applied waterproofing membrane systems designed to permanently protect rail and highway structures. These rapid setting high build elastomeric spray applied waterproofing systems are impervious to deicing chemicals, water, ballast, stray current and other factors that contribute to accelerated deterioration and wear of elevated structures.
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