published Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Trucks banned from Wilcox railroad bridge in Chattanooga

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    The Wilcox Boulevard bridge crosses over the DeButts railroad yard.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Wilcox Boulevard bridge over the DeButts Rail Yard will be barred to trucks and buses for safety reasons, city officials said this afternoon.

“Age-related structural issues” in the 54-year-old bridge off Riverside Drive make it unsafe for anything heavier than passenger vehicles, a news release from Mayor Ron Littlefield’s office said.

“The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) identified numerous structural issues earlier this year and has notified the City of Chattanooga that load limits must be posted. Non-compliance will result in a suspension of all federal aid funding,” according to the release from Littlefield’s spokesman, Richard Beeland.

The weight limits are set to take effect Nov. 17 and will bar anything heavier than 10 tons from using the bridge.

See Friday’s Times Free Press for complete coverage.

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rolando said...

Non-compliance will result in a suspension of all federal aid funding,” according to the release from Littlefield’s spokesman, Richard Beeland.

So much for the Tenth Amendment. The iron fist is showing.

November 10, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
Salsa said...

Can we sell some "public art" in order to pay for the repairs?

November 10, 2011 at 9:09 p.m.
acerigger said...

NAW,we don't want no stinkin'help from the FEDS to fix our infrastructure!Let's just sit around in the dark(ages)

Wake up!

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November 11, 2011 at 12:34 a.m.

Nah, we probably should keep the public art because it can actually lead to thought that results in creativity which leads to innovation which creates business and creates jobs. Then, maybe you could stop supporting unequitable tax cuts for the wealthy and we might have GUBMENT money to fix our crumbling infrastructure which is how it was paid for in the first place.

November 11, 2011 at 5:42 a.m.
cannonball said...

The way I remember it is the railroad was supposed to maintain that bridge. What happened to that deal?

November 11, 2011 at 7:17 a.m.
Salsa said...

The only "thought" that public art leads to is about how that money could have been better spent on things this community actually needs.

November 11, 2011 at 2:42 p.m.

That's not the only thought that public art leads me to, but some folks are better at thinking than others.

November 11, 2011 at 2:55 p.m.
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