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City Still Awaiting Date for NTSB Review of CSX Bridge Complaint

January 24th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Still no date has been announced by the National Surface Transportation Board to hear a complaint filed by the city of Cumberland and Allegany County against CSX in regards to the future of the Washington Street Bridge. That bridge, which spans railroad tracks, has been closed for several years, frustrating residents as well as motorists who travel the West Side. CSX, which has been reluctant to claim ownership of the bridge, has also shown little interest in paying for construction of a new bridge at the site that meets modern standards. Much of the issue centers on CSX requiring a 21-foot, 9-inch bridge height standard. Local elected officials are seeking a compromise that would allow for the bridge to be replaced at its current height. Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss…