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Friday, January 15, 2010

Ohio rail agency OKs grant to help fix local bridge

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The Ohio Rail Development Commission approved a $155,000 grant that will pay half the cost of rehabilitating a railroad bridge in Toledo, local newspapers report.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie swing bridge over the Maumee River, built in 1911, has critical repair needs that include replacement of an emergency power generator, railroad president William Callison told the commission before the grant's approval. W&LE will match the state funds with $155,000 of its own to repair the bridge, Callison said.

Wheeling bought the bridge five years ago from Norfolk Southern for $1 and runs about a dozen trains per week over it.

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