WLOS Ask 13: Is Emma Road train trestle really safe?

The concrete train trestle over Emma Road is old and worn, and one driver worries it might not be safe.

“I drive under it every day, and they have rebar sticking out of the concrete and big chunks are missing,” Jennifer Price wrote. “Is it really safe for me to be going under?”

The concrete arches over Emma Road are definitely worn, and the bridge shows signs of damage where tall vehicles have struck it. Other parts of the bridge are also missing chunks of concrete.

This bridge over the French Broad River is owned by Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Norfolk Southern spokesperson Susan Terpay said the railroad has two bridges over Emma Road and both were inspected earlier this year and meet requirements.

As for the chipped concrete and damage, Terpay said, “These are cosmetic only. The bridge is structurally sound for everyday train operations.”

Norfolk Southern says it’s bridges are remarkably safe, pointing to zero casualties and no significant property loss on any of it’s bridges in modern times.

Norfolk said, depending on a bridge’s condition, it is inspected by certified inspectors either monthly or annually.

If you have a question you’d like answered, write to at Ask13@WLOS.com.

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