Do these rail bridges look OK to you? In this video, Riverkeeper's John Lipscomb follows up on a tip about crumbling concrete foundations at two rail bridges that are traversed by freight trains – including those hauling volatile Bakken crude oil – along the Hudson River banks in New York.
Lipscomb used a small boat to visit the two bridges, located just south of Storm King Mountain on the western bank of the river. He photographed and videotaped conditions at the foundations: crumbling concrete, vertical cracks, exposed rebar, and bolts that have loose or missing nuts. He also photographed badly eroded concrete foundations of a rail bridge that crosses high above the Rondout Creek in Kingston.
The video refers to articles in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about the fact that railroads, not government agencies, are responsible for routine inspections of these bridges throughout New York State.
A December 2013 report by the NY Office of the Comptroller concluded that the state Department of Transportation “does not sufficiently monitor whether the railroads comply with its bridge inspection and reporting requirements.”
The Hudson River and communities up and down the Hudson are facing an imminent risk of spills and catastrophic accidents because of the sudden spike in crude oil shipments through New York in the Hudson and Mohawk River Valleys. Riverkeeper is working on many fronts to demand that our environment and safety be protected from this new threat.
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