Contractor anxious to re-start RR bridge

A temporary halt to a railroad bridge project at Clemson has stretched beyond a six to nine month estimate, but the general contractor is optimistic the work will be re-started soon. While construction workers were taken off the 123-133 railroad bridge project at Clemson a year ago, there has been a lot of behind-the-scene work to satisfy the railroad, according to Marty McKee of Thrift Development of Seneca. Thrift serves as the general contractor. “We anticipate getting the final option probably the end of this month. At that point, we’ll move forward to finalizing the designs,” Thrift said. What still has to be resolved is exactly where the new AMTRAK passenger platform will be built. According to McCall, his company complied with South Carolina DOT’s request to price a traffic signal timing device—with the capability to react to traffic caused by Clemson sporting events and other school traffic.