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MTA Metro-North Railroad to refurbish two bridges


This month, MTA Metro-North Railroad plans to refurbish two bridges in Mount Vernon, N.Y., one over track and one over a road.

The three-track Oak Street Bridge that carries Harlem Line trains over the road on the city’s west side is being painted, while the two-lane Fourteenth Avenue Bridge that carries automobiles over the New Haven Line on the city’s east side will undergo $350,000 in priority structural repairs, Metro-North officials said in a prepared statement.

The Fourteenth Avenue Bridge, which was built in 1894 and straddles four electrified (third rail) tracks, is a 92-foot-long, single span, steel truss structure with steel floor beams and an asphalt-covered, timber deck slab. The span is supported by masonry abutments.

Last year, the railroad replaced the Park Avenue Bridge at a cost of $10.5 million and spent $213,000 to repair the Sixth Avenue Bridge.

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