Councilman Johnson Calls For Massive Repairs On Railroad Viaduct
ENGINEERS CLUB representative Julian Toniatto, at press conference on Jan. 23, says CSX viaduct over 25th Street (railroad line on which Bakken oil tank train derailed) is in no danger of falling. But its crumbling concrete and rusted rebar pose fallen-matter hazards on street below.
INSPECTING crumbling CSX viaduct at Washington Avenue, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson had just offered a resolution to hold Council hearings on this train derailment. “My goal is to call CSX in to answer my questions and address the people’s concerns,” he said. “This could have been a major incident, and with all the news about the dangers of chemical spills and what is occurring in West Virginia we should take this as a wakeup call to ensure that our bridges and rail lines are properly maintained and safe. We must be sure that our bridges, which are vital pieces of infrastructure, are well kept so we can avoid a greater catastrophe in the future.”
VIADUCT that carries rail shipments of Bakken crude to Phila. refineries is more than 110 years old and has visibly been deteriorating for decades.