SANDPOINT — A recent study shows that two railway bridges in the area are showing structural integrity, a concern for the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeepers.
Waterkeepers across the nation documented the structural integrity of 250 railway bridges along routes known to carry oil trains. The study was done from July to September. The Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper joined the study with Waterkeeper Alliance and ForestEthics.
Almost half of the bridges, or 114, had areas identified as a concern, with two of them in the Sandpoint area. The Trestle Creek bridge crossing and the Sand Creek crossing near City Beach showed deterioration. The Trestle Creek crossing has concrete supports showing signs of deterioration and the Sand Creek crossing has a foundation that appears to be slumped and cracked.
Shannon Williamson, executive director of Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, urges residents to raise their voice and take a stand.
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