Philadelphians were already jittery about the city’s aging infrastructure after a recent train derailment over the Schuylkill exposed the potential dangers of oil cars transiting the city. Now, it appears that a train bridge over 25th Street in Grays Ferry is also having problems—with pieces of the bridge crumbling onto the street below.
A passerby snapped a picture of a large piece of the 25th Street Bridge that had fallen on 25th Street and Washington Avenue. Thomas Mosher, a spokesman for city councilman Kenyatta Johnson, sent the photo to NBC10.
“Following up on the press tour we had last week, we’ve just been informed that a large piece of the 25th Street Bridge we brought you all to last week has fallen,” Mosher said. “The Councilman is adamant that CSX must come and address the concerns of the people of Philadelphia.”
CSX, the company responsible for the safety of the bridge, sent crews to remove the concrete from the street Tuesday afternoon.
“The piece was identified in a routine inspection and crews and equipment were brought in today to take it down,” said a CSX spokesman. “Crews will now replace the section that was taken down. The work was done safely and by plan, with the area underneath secured.”
Johnson, who serves as the chair of the Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities, had actually held a press tour last week featuring the 25th Street Bridge. The infrastructure conversation is about to get much louder. [NBC 10]