Brightline works to clean up diesel spill on bridge site

Written by RT&S Staff
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Brightline has been dealing with a diesel spill at one of its bridge sites.

Clean-up efforts are continuing down in Florida after there was a 300-gal diesel fuel spill at the Brightline railroad bridge construction site at the Eau Gallie River.

The accident happened earlier this week, and it is not known what exactly caused the leak. The U.S. Coast Guard is on the scene and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and St. Johns River Water Management also are involved.

The spill happened on a wooden trestle that is supporting cranes, so it is not clear how much fuel spilled in the Eau Gallie River.

Brightline immediately contacted an environmental contractor to help clean up the spill. According to spokesperson Katie Mitzner, containment efforts happened immediately and the EPA’s National Response Center was notified. Mitzner said the spill was contained shortly after the accident and there was minimal impact to the surrounding area.

Crews have been working 12-hour shifts over the past few months to replace the existing bridge with two concrete bridges at a cost of $13 million.

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