Ald. Michael Murphy
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Senator Baldwin steps up on train bridge issue

Statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy July 13, 2015

By - Jul 13th, 2015 04:17 pm

I would like to commend Senator Tammy Baldwin for her leadership in requesting that federal bridge safety specialists conduct a thorough inspection as soon as possible of the visibly worn train bridge located at S. 1st and W. Oregon Streets in the 5th Ward (please see attached letter).

The Federal Railroad Administration will be able to adequately determine whether the bridge is safe to shoulder the repeated loads of highly combustible Bakken crude oil going over its tracks nearly a dozen times each week.

I was shocked last week to learn that the bridge’s owner, Canadian Pacific, was unwilling to share with the city the results of an inspection of the bridge conducted a few months ago. I was also very disappointed when the railroad refused to send a representative to address the matter in a public meeting with members of the Common Council last week.

Senator Baldwin’s willingness to step up and help the City of Milwaukee in this matter is much appreciated.

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