Southside Drive over Pumpelly Creek Bridge Replacement
Southside Bridge, Owego, NY | Tioga County
In 2009, Tioga County was selected as a candidate to receive $1.5M in federal stimulus American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money for replacement of the heavily-deteriorated Southside Drive Bridge over Pumpelly Creek. The existing two-span, prestressed concrete box beam bridge had areas of serious deterioration and exposed prestressing strands. Existing abutments and piers had areas of cracking, efflorescence, spalls and exposed reinforcement. The key challenge was to navigate the project through NYSDOT's Procedures for Locally Administered Federal Aid Projects (LAFAP) within the aggressive timeframe mandated for ARRA projects, while securing the necessary environmental permits required to construct the bridge.
To complicate matters, the bridge carries up to 50 tractor trailers per day to and from a large freight shipping terminal a half mile away. Since the bridge serves as a vital link for trucking, an off-site detour during construction wasn't an option. Furthermore, a parallel temporary bridge would have required property acquisitions and project delays. Although staged construction complicated the bridge design and plan development, it was selected as the preferred traffic control scheme, allowing one lane to remain open during construction while avoiding property impacts.
Through close coordination and cooperation between Tioga County, NYSDOT Region 9, and McFarland Johnson, the project was advanced from project initiation to PS&E documents in less than four months. The replacement bridge is 101' single span, steel plate girder structure with a composite concrete deck supported on stub abutments founded on bored-in piles (micropiles). MJ's scope of services includes bridge and approach roadway design; survey and mapping; geotechnical investigations; environmental studies; design approval document preparation; acquisition of regulatory permits; public information meeting presentations; preparation of final plans, specifications and estimates; and construction inspection services. The project advertised for bid in July 2009 and construction began in the Spring of 2010.