ELYRIA — Pedestrians may no longer have to watch for a shower of debris while walking beneath the railroad overpasses in town.
After complaints from the city, Norfolk Southern Corp. hired contractors to remove debris that falls onto people walking downtown, Elyria Safety-Service Director Mary Siwierka said.
On Wednesday, crews from CC & G Enterprises of Genoa removed debris from the Chestnut Street bridge and put up fresh wood in its drop ceiling to keep debris from falling.
Siwierka said similar work will take place at the bridges that cross West Avenue, Kerstetter Way and Washington Avenue after complaints from the city.
“We just pointed out to the railroad these (bridges) were not in good condition,” Siwierka said. “The sidewalks become filled with dirt and sludge and become impassible.”
She said the city made complaints online and spoke to a number of Norfolk Southern offices, including government relations.
Siwierka made a plea for ongoing maintenance — perhaps twice a year.
She said an official for the railroad said maintenance dollars are scarce because the railroads move a lot of freight but don’t receive many subsidies.
“They stretch their dollars as far as they can,” Siwierka said.
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