NS Gets Approval of Pittsburgh Clearance Project

The Pittsburgh City Council has signed off on a plan by Norfolk Southern to increase clearances through the city to accommodate double-stacked container trains on its Pittsburgh Line.

The council approved a plan set forth in December 2019 by a mediator to raise bridges in some locations and lower the tracks in others.

The three bridges to be raised are on West North Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, and South Negley Avenue. They will be raised by 30, 33, and 17 inches respectively.

Tracks will be lowered by 18 inches beneath the Columbus Avenue bridge. A new bridge will replace the existing Merchant Street structure.

NS also agreed to build a pedestrian bridge at North Avenue and Brighton Road.

Funding for the work is being provided in part through a $20 million federal grant.

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