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Old south Toledo pedestrian bridge could be torn down

Norfolk-Southern is asking the city for permission to remove the Curtis Street Bridge in south Toledo. Norfolk-Southern is asking the city for permission to remove the Curtis Street Bridge in south Toledo.
Supporters say its removal would eliminate the city's current liability, as well as expenses for inspection and maintenance. Supporters say its removal would eliminate the city's current liability, as well as expenses for inspection and maintenance.
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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Vehicles haven't crossed it since 1970. For decades, it's been maintained to give access for students walking to and from Libbey High School. Now that Libbey is gone, Norfolk-Southern is asking the city for permission to remove the Curtis Street Bridge in south Toledo at no cost to the city.

Built in 1899 by Penn Central Railroad, the bridge being torn down would eliminate the city's current liability, as well as expenses for inspection and maintenance.

Councilman Mike Craig says taking down the bridge near Anthony Wayne Trail should also help reduce the likelihood of random people roaming the neighborhood, especially if there's no easy way to get over the tracks.

"The major reason for maintaining that bridge was as a safe school route back and forth from Libbey High School. Unfortunately, that reason has been removed," said Craig. 

The legislation waiting for approval by City Council calls for the city to reserve the right to install a new bridge, should the need arise.

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