Location: Rotterdam Junction, NY
Owner: CSX Transportation
OCCI completed replacement of four spans and stringer structural steel modifications to the Mohawk River Bridge located at mile post QG 40.81 in Rotterdam Junction, New York. The existing bridge spans had numerous fatigue issues resulting in restricted speeds and future maintenance issues on this high traffic volume double track mainline. The contracted work included design and fabrication of the false work support system, a proprietary hydraulic sliding system to slide the two existing 150-foot trusses out and new plate girders spans back into position during a limited time outage, erection of the new plate girder spans utilizing floating plants, modification of existing stringers, and rock drilling and joint repair to existing stone piers. There were challenges associated with erecting the two new 150-foot spans parallel to the existing spans on false work supports and the slide out/slide in of old and new spans with the contractor designed hydraulic slide system during two scheduled 20-hour closures. There were even greater challenges faced on the project brought about by Hurricane Irene and the resulting record flood event in the middle of the project prior to the new spans being slid into place.