Route 5 still closed for repairs

MOHAWK – A portion of Route 5 damaged after a June train derailment requires major repairs and will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said.

Spokesman Jim Piccola said the Route 5 repairs are needed mostly because of machinery driving on the road while cleaning up the CSX train derailment along the railroad tracks.

Piccola said treads from machinery tore parts of the road apart. Some damage also was caused by the train derailment.

He was uncertain how long the repairs would take.

“As of today, I have no additional information on when Route 5 will be open to traffic,” Piccola said Thursday.

A 12-mile stretch remains closed.

Piccola said the state gave road work plans to CSX.

“Depending on the procurement process, CSX’s preference is to do all the work and reopen fully, but if the schedule is lengthy, CSX is agreeable to performing interim repairs to reopen sooner,” Piccola said.

He said the plans call “for total reconstruction of that section of the highway.”

Work crews would need to remove the existing highway. A base binder then would be laid, followed by a top layer, he said.

“The old concrete would be removed,” Piccola said.

The shoulder would be repaired, as well as guide rails and striping, he said.

Piccola said sections of Martin Road also need repairs, but he wasn’t sure if those repairs would be part of the same project.

Authorities closed a 12-mile stretch of Route 5 after the June 27 derailment from Fonda to Palatine.

Officials say two CSX freight trains hit each other just west of Fonda around 8 a.m. An engineer and a conductor on one of the trains received minor injuries, authorities said.

In June, CSX spokesman Robert Sullivan said one of the trains was traveling from Avon, Ind., to Selkirk with four locomotives and 126 freight cars. The other train was going from Selkirk to New Castle, Pa., with two locomotives and 83 freight cars.

Sullivan said four locomotives and 45 freight cars derailed in the accident.

Piccola said a date for the state highway’s opening will be decided after a contractor is selected to do the work.