AVON – The Cake Place, now known nationwide for their stunning edible artwork, put together a true masterpiece to commemorate the end of an era, the trestle bridge at Letchworth State Park’s upper falls.
Dedicated park goers know that the iconic trestle bridge will be torn down and rail traffic will go to the new arch bridge that has been built over the past two years.
“According to NS source: After 142 years of service, the Portageville Trestle will be deactivated tomorrow 12/11, around 0800Hrs,” posted John Broxup to Facebook. “The tracks will be shifted over to the arch and trains should soon begin running through the park at 30 mph instead of 10 sometime soon.”
There is still a lot of work to do before the bridge is operational. Work is expected to continue through December 2018.
Norfolk Southern, which owns the rail and bridge, is constructing 1,200 feet of new track on either side of the Genesee River gorge to align existing tracks with the new bridge.
Norfolk Southern is spearheading the project with the help of the New York State Department of Transportation, and the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and numerous other supporters.
The Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive and industrial products.
In May, a worker shot a heart-dropping video from the top of the construction site. You can see that video here.
You can watch 6 months of the bridge construction in 2 minutes and 11 seconds in a Work Zone Cam time lapse video here.