WASHINGTON, D.C. (FOX19) - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has written a letter to the CEO of CSX Corporation, requesting that the company repair crumbling bridges in several Ohio communities, including Cincinnati.
Brown wrote the letter to CEO Michael Ward about crumbling CSX-owned bridges in Ashtabula, Cincinnati and Lorain.
Railroad spikes after reportedly been falling from the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge in downtown Cincinnati.
Engineers say the bridge is structurally sound and safe for pedestrian traffic.
Brown is urging swift action to immediately remedy the situation.
Below is full text of the letter.
Dear Mr. Ward:
I write you today concerning a September 15 article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Rail Spike, Debris, Falling from Bridge." As outlined in the newspaper, pieces of the C&O railroad bridge on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati are falling from the span, putting pedestrians and drivers at risk of serious injury. It is my understanding that the CSX Corporation is owner of the bridge and has recently announced that the company is taking appropriate measures to ensure that this bridge will soon be fixed.
I appreciate CSX being a good partner with the City of Cincinnati and remedying this potentially dangerous project. However, I do want to bring your attention to two other recent incidents related to bridge safety that have recently been brought to my attention.
- A September 10 article in the Lorain Morning Journal outlined ongoing problems with a CSX owned bridge on E. 28th St in Lorain. Fallen pieces of concrete had caused road closures. It is my understanding that city authorities have been requesting repair on this bridge for nearly a year.
- An August 4 article in the Ashtabula Star Beacon focuses on the 101 year-old Lake Avenue Bridge that is littered with fallen concrete and missing anchor bolts.
I am hopeful that these and potential other public safety concerns will quickly be remedied. The citizens of Ohio and visitors to our state deserve swift action to ensure that possible harm related to these bridges is avoided. I am confident that you have put a plan in place to immediately address these pressing infrastructure investments, and I would appreciate being apprised of the steps you will take. I appreciate CSX's continued contributions to Ohio and look forward to working with you and your employees in the future to create jobs in the freight rail industry.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown