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Contrail Decides Fate Of Bridge Damaged In Paulsboro Train Derailment

By John McDevitt

PAULSBORO, N.J. (CBS) – As the National Transportation Safely Board continues to investigate last November’s train derailment in Paulsboro, New Jersey, Contrail has decided to build a new movable bridge.

The current bridge over Mantua Creek will be replaced rather than repaired.

“And we expect that we’ll have a new bridge in place that will open and close that will accommodate both train and boat traffic by September 2014,” Conrail spokesman Michael Hotra said.

The estimated cost, he adds, has yet to be determined.

“The decision was made, that repairing and replacing the bridge would take about the same amount of time so we made a decision to replace,” Hotra said.

The current span will remain in operation until the bridge is completed. Boaters on the creek won’t have access to the area until the new bridge is open.

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