Philadelphia files formal complaint against CSX over 25th Street Viaduct debris

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – After years of delays and several close decisions, the City of Philadelphia has now filed a formal complaint against CSX.

The complaint concerns a crumbling bridge on 25th Street in South Philadelphia.

In 2015, CSX committed to a facelift of the 25th Street Bridge in South Philadelphia. Seven years later, local residents are still reporting erosion from the viaduct.

Just last week, Anthony Trave documented the crumbling concrete that landed inches from several parked cars.

Now the city has filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to enforce a 2005 order ensuring the viaduct is structurally intact.

“We don’t want to wait for someone to actually get hurt before we take this situation seriously. So I think CSX should step up, they made a promise, a commitment. We want them to keep that promise or that commitment,” said Councilor Kenyatta Johnson.

CSX released this statement to Action News.

CSX began work on the 25th Street Viaduct in 2014 and has completed various phases of the project to ensure the safe operation of rail transit and the safety of the South Philadelphia community. The company received a grant from the Pennsylvania DOT in December 2021 with plans to complete additional renovations to portions of the viaduct. We are in ongoing discussions with the City regarding required repairs to the drainage system and their role in addressing this critical need.

Bridges in our network are regularly inspected by certified railroad bridge professionals and maintained to CSX guidelines that meet or exceed federal regulations. The 25th Street Viaduct was inspected in 2021 and found safe for railroad operations. Our bridge maintenance program focuses on structural integrity, reliability and safety for railway operations. CSX maintains this and all bridge structures on our network in full compliance with all federal laws and regulations.

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