ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - By August 31, the South Abbott Road bridge in Orchard Park was supposed to be replaced with a brand new one. The old bridge was demolished just a few weeks ago, and work came to a standstill shortly after that.
County officials are now working with contractors to figure out how to get the bridge replacement project back on track. It's a hassle for neighbors and drivers who have to go out of their way.
Patrick Haefner, business manager at St. Bernadette Parish and School said, "A lot of parishioners do live on that side, and some of them even attend other parishes because it is more convenient than driving all the around to come to St. Bernadette's."
He says the inconvenience could become nightmarish when school starts next week, and bus routes are already being re-worked.
"It is probably 10-to-15 minutes additional time for some of the students to come in, so that is the biggest concern," Haefner said.
County officials say quicksand was discovered at the bottom of Neuman Creek, and it requires more shoring up for the new bridge. Sixty-five-foot steel piling is being placed in the creek bed, and it requires a larger piledriver.
The larger piledriver required has made power lines in the area an issue. They will be too close for a crew to safely work, and right now, there is no good solution.
County engineer Charlie Sickler says it is all about keeping the workers safe and Sickler says moving the overhead cable, electrical, and phone lines can be time consuming.
"You could be talking up to two months time, we were told, to relocate to totally out of the way of the bridge. Then once the pilings are driven, relocate back to the permanent position," he said.
But officials may have an answer. Sickler says crews may be able to drive 10-foot sections in, then weld an additional 10-foot section on top, and keep going until completed.
Work is expected to get underway by the end of the week.
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