Janssen: Snake River Bridge Damage Could Cause Severe Problems

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 5:17 am

Damage was recently discovered beneath the Snake River railroad bridge in Pine City.  A bridge and track engineer are scheduled to check on the damage later this week or early next week. Until then, the tracks are shut down for trains.  However, at Wednesday’s city council meeting, Public Works Foreman Royce Johnson informed the council that two locomotives did go over the tracks Wednesday.

Council member Paul Janssen says if the engineers find the damage to be significant, the city faces potentially disastrous problems.

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Pictures of the bridge damage have been sent to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  The inspection by the engineers and their recommendation will determine if trains are allowed back on the bridge.

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