Study finds bridge infrastructure in poor condition

By Cameron Rasmusson
Reader Staff

Aging infrastructure could be putting rail shipping lines at risk for hazardous spills, according to a new study.

Out of 250 railway bridges examined in the study, 114 showed concerning signs degradation, including  damaged foundations and rotting, loose or broken beams. These include the Trestle Creek crossing, which has several concrete supports showing deterioration, and another crossing Sand Creek near City Beach, which has a slumped and cracked foundation.

The study was a joint project between Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance, ForestEthics and a national network of Waterkeeper organizations. LPOW director Shannon Williamson hopes the study will bring new attention to the safety of local waters. [CR]

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