A Johnson City roadway that's been shut down for weeks for a construction project will be returning to service.
Oakdale Road between Harry L. Drive in the village and Main Street in Westover has been closed since September 6 while an old railroad bridge was replaced.
The L.C. Whitford Company of Wellsville oversaw the project for Norfolk Southern Railway.
Dean Ingalls, the Whitford superintendent on the job, said the 65,000-pound old open deck steel bridge was removed last week.
After that span was lifted from position, it was replaced with a new ballast deck bridge that weighed more than twice as much. Ingalls said the 140,000-pound replacement is wider.
Traffic on the rail line was suspended for about 16 hours for the bridge swap process.
Ingalls said sections of the new bridge were transported to Johnson City from the Littell Steel Company near Pittsburgh. The four major components for the span then were assembled at the job site.
The steel from the old bridge was transported to the Ben Weitsman of Owego Scrap Metal Yard.
Ingalls said he expected Oakdale Road would reopen to traffic on Thursday.
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