Stuck Bridge Disrupts NS Chicago Line Traffic

Traffic on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern was disrupted this past Sunday after a failure of the drawbridge over Sandusky Bay.

The bridge became stuck in the up position and when the operator was finally able to lower it it would not lock into place. The bridge, located at milepost 248 is controlled remotely.

Some marine traffic because stranded when the bridge wouldn’t lock into place and boaters anchored their vessels and called friends to pick them up.

Smaller watercraft were able to pass beneath the bridge despite a warning light being illuminated that there was insufficient clearance.

The drawbridge failure lasted for more than three hours and halted train traffic on a line that hosts more than 50 movements a day including Amtrak’s Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited.

However, Amtrak was unaffected by the failure because its trains pass over it between midnight and 6 a.m.

NS maintenance forces were able to repair the bridge and it resumed normal operation.

The bridge was built in 1929 and is a double-track rolling Scherzer-type drawbridge

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