CONNEAUT — A replacement for a bridge that has been around for more than 60 years will be designed in 2020.

Norfolk Southern is planning to design a replacement for its bridge over Conneaut Creek next year, a company spokesperson said.

The bridge, north of Route 20 on Conneaut Creek, is 1,321 feet, from back wall to back wall.

Different components of the bridge are different ages, according to a Norfolk Southern email.

The girder spans were put in place in the 1940s, according to Norfolk Southern, while “towers, pedestals and abutments are generally of older construction.” 

Many of the bridge components have been rehabilitated, repaired or replaced since being installed, according to the statement.

There is currently no timeline to for the actual construction of the bridge, since no funds have been approved for construction as of yet, according to Norfolk Southern.

Train traffic should not need to be rerouted for this project, according to Norfolk Southern.

Norfolk Southern has an 100-acre rail yard in Conneaut, west of the bridge that will be designed.

The city of Conneaut has a railroad museum and Canadian National Railway operates a large operation at Conneaut Harbor.

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