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Chunks of concrete fall onto Washington Avenue from train overpass at 25th Street

The crumbling CSX train bridge that crosses the Schuylkill into South Philly and runs down 25th Street proved how hazardous it is yesterday when hundreds of pieces of concrete fell onto Washington Avenue.

Neighbors have been complaining about the bridge for years and NBC 10 reported today that just last week Councilman Kenyatta Johnson raised concerns about the bridge. Says the network:

Armand Salloum, who owns a business along 25th Street, says he’s been clearing falling debris from the bridge for the past three decades. He also claims the conditions have only worsened in recent years.

“Everybody who sees this bridge is always afraid of it,” Salloum said. “Our customers come by and they say, ‘Oh my God.’” … ”This is concrete we’re dealing with,” Salloum said. “It just takes a chunk this big to go through a windshield and you’re done.”

Yikes. It didn’t look so good in May when we were over there.

We snapped this picture in May when we were checking on a proposed development next door at 2408 Ellsworth

We snapped this picture in May when we were checking on a proposed development next door at 2408 Ellsworth

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5 Responses to Chunks of concrete fall onto Washington Avenue from train overpass at 25th Street

  1. Lee January 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Disappointing that CSX (a commercial enterprise) has allowed its facilities to fall into such disrepair.

    Hopefully this will result in a push to have them better maintain their facilities that run through our city’s neighborhoods.

  2. Frank Rizzo January 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    “proved how hazardous it is”? Big deal, every road in the city has been doing the same thing with the snow and freeze-thaw cycles. Do you propose cutting off a major transit route because of a few small chunks of concrete? CSX runs a business and brings a lot to our local economy. We don’t need to demonize them.

    • Albert Stumm January 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

      Who said anything about cutting off transit routes? They should fix the fucking bridge so chunks of concrete don’t fall onto cars.

    • SC January 31, 2014 at 7:48 am #

      I’m pretty sure CSX doesn’t get a pass on crumbling infrastructure just because they bring money to the local economy. When a piece of that bridge falls and kills somebody due to straight-up negligance, you can forget about their contribution to the economy.

  3. McBride February 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    I grew up by 26th & Morris. I was always afraid to go near this thing or pass under it when I was a kid because it looked like it would collapse at any minute. I’m now 40 years old. So yea, this is a tragedy in the making – I just hope that there aren’t any train tankers parked up there if/when it happens. I really hope that this thing gets some much-needed repairs (or more) very soon.

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