Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Contractor Begins Repairs; Work May Be Done on Span by June 24

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Contractor Begins Repairs; Work May Be Done on Span by June 24

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- A burned railroad trestle that connects the Colonels Island shipping terminal to the mainland may be repaired as early as June 24, a railroad official said yesterday.

Rail Link Inc., the firm that moves imported autos and grain along the Colonels Island Railroad, has hired Scott Bridge Co. of Opelika, Ala., to replace and repair the 700 feet of trestle damaged or destroyed by fire last weekend, Rail Link President Jim Benz said.

The trestle caught fire when high winds revived a previously contained woods fire on Fancy Bluff and whipped it onto the trestle that was built of timbers and pilings treated with highly flammable creosote, Benz said.

Although the two companies haven't agreed on the final terms of the contract, Scott Bridge already has gone to work on what will be a project of at least $1.5 million, Benz said.

"Scott mobilizes like nobody I've seen. It's clear they know what they're doing," Benz said.

"We've thrown everyone we've got onto it. That's one of our fortes, emergency response for CSX and Norfolk-Southern in the Southeast. We'd have been in there Sunday afternoon if it had been a main line," said Bill Scott, president of the family-owned company.

As it builds the trestle, Scott Bridge is working downstream on the Brunswick River dismantling the old Sidney Lanier Bridge. Scott is ahead of schedule on that $20 million contract and shifted a barge and crane to the trestle along with equipment from a construction project on Interstate 95 in Liberty County, Scott said.

Scott said he is confident the company will not lose time on the Sidney Lanier or the I-95 project.

"We can't afford to slow down on Sidney Lanier," he said.

The company is working around the clock in hopes of finishing the project quickly but rain delays appear likely, he said. …

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