Hubbard man seeks train trestle repairs

HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) — A Hubbard resident said he has not gotten any satisfaction from a railroad company regarding a crumbling railroad trestle.

The trestle over Chestnut Ridge Road in Hubbard was built in 1912. Now, large pieces are falling off onto the road below.

Paul Mikula of Hubbard said he was driving underneath the trestle one day last year when a piece of the bridge fell off and hit his truck, causing a large dent. He has contacted Norfolk Southern Railroad several times since then to fix the bridge, but so far nothing has been done.

“You can see the bridge lying on the side of the road. That is dangerous. I mean, to me this is nuts, this is ludicrous that nobody will do anything about it,” Mikula said. “The bridge is dilapidated and somebody is going to get killed. That is my worry. It is more than bad. As you can see, it is totally crumbling all the way around the foundation and everything.”

He said he also is worried about a train derailment because of all the trains that pass over the bridge daily.

Our station did attempt to contact railroad spokesman Greg Reiman, but he has not yet returned our call.

Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith said he plans to send someone out to check the condition of the bridge. If it is deemed unsafe, they could shut the road down until the railroad fixes the problem.




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