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Cracking bridge causes concern in Denison neighborhood


DENISON – A Denison man says he's concerned about the stability of a particular stretch of railroad. He lives nearby and says the bridge beneath the tracks is crumbling.

Dwayne Milstdad began making calls to federal and state inspectors after he noticed large cracks in the bridge that trains cross over on a daily basis.

He says he discovered the bridge while looking for his dog who ran into the woods in front of his home on Owings Street.

"It looked like a disaster area, to tell you the truth," he said.

But it's wasn't weeds or graffiti-covered walls that caught his attention. He says it was large cracks in the bridge's concrete that have had him concerned ever since.

"It's an accident waiting to happen is what I see," Milstdad said.

Several cracks can be seen inside the tunnel itself, running from the ground, up the walls and through the ceiling.

Milstdad sent KTEN photos of the south end of the bridge which is split from one side of the structure to the other. At its widest point, the gap measures 14-inches in length.

"Bridges break, but they get fixed when they break. They don't go on for years, broke, especially with the railroad tracks going over the top of them," he said. "It's not right."

Milstdad says he's spent the past several days contacting federal and state inspector to make sure someone knew the bridge -- built in 1911 -- was even there.

Turns out, the line belongs to a Connecticut-based company called Genesee and Wyoming, Inc.

It operates short line and freight railroads in several countries. But according to its website, the track behind Milstdad's home is the only line it operates in Texoma.

A representative tells us it recently met with Federal Railroad Administration inspectors at the site, which determined the concerns being raised are "purely cosmetic."

The company says the FRA was satisfied and that there is no issue with the structure, something Milstdad says he still questions.

"I think it needs to be totally remodeled, totally tore down and rebuilt," he said.

We contacted the FRA, but so far, we have not heard back.