PIQUA —The highly anticipated and controversial CSX railroad bridge painting is set to begin at the end of this month after a couple last minute delays.
“It’s been a big issue in the community,” City Manager Gary Huff said. The last time the bridge was painted was in 2000.
The project of painting the CSX railroad bridge over U.S. Route 36/Ash Street is now scheduled to begin on July 31. Prior to that date, it was scheduled to take place next week, beginning on Monday, July 17, but there was a delay in the painting contractor APBN Inc. of Campbell obtaining approval from CSX on their rigging system. There was also a delay in the APBN Inc. in obtaining approval from CSX on their insurance for the project.
The estimated cost of the project is $201,770.
“It’s been a long endeavor to get to this point,” Huff said, adding that it has taken four years to negotiate with CSX to get approval to paint the bridge.
This project will consist of the surface preparation of the existing structural steel and the repainting of the structural steel of the CSX railroad bridge.
Traffic will remain open during the project. There will be lane closures on East Ash Street to complete the work, however, so motorists should expect delays. To help ensure the safety of the construction workers as well as the traveling public, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed, and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone area.
The project is expected to be finished in early August.
All work is weather permitting.
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