Route I-81 bridge over Lehigh Valley Railroad

Route I-81 bridge over the Lehigh Valley Railroad

The bridge demolition experts were at it again, as this week’s Wrecking Wednesday features the Route I-81 bridge over the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Cortland, NY. This was a 2-stage project with both the northbound and southbound lanes that spanned over the abandoned railroad right-of-way.

Each phase of the project required the removal and proper disposal of asbestos paint coated girders.

The first stage of the project began in July of 2020, and stage 2 was completed in May of 2021. There was a total of 254 tons of steel and 920 cubic yards of concrete removed.

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