Another Parkway crash causes more concerns

With yet another truck driver striking the CSX railroad bridge spanning the Onondaga Lake Parkway Wednesday, May 9th, officials are becoming even more concerned.

This is the second accident involving the bridge since September of 2010. That's when the Mega Bus crash killed 4 people, and injured numerous other riders. Renovations, new warning signage and reconstruction along the bridge have all been ongoing conversations, said Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.

But there isn't much that can be done on a local level.

"The issue is that it's a state highway," said Walsh. "It's their responsibility."

The CSX Bridge, created by CSX Freight Company, is controlled by the New York State Department of Transportation, according to Walsh. But new plans are in place to try and avert drivers from hitting the bridge, and risking the lives and safety of other vehicles.

Three warning signs sit on both the east and westbound sides of the bridge, and they are measured at approximately one mile, one-half mile and 1,000 feet from the bridge, according to Jennifer Post, a spokesperson for New York State Department of Transportation.

Although, they have not helped in the past.

"A lot of times, the drivers that hit the bridge often aren't familiar with their trucks. Certainly not in all cases, but quite frequently they are rental trucks or borrowed trucks," said Walsh.

One plan that Walsh is an advocate for is adding even more signage to both sides of the bridge along with warning ridges. This would help create urgency for drivers to stop immediately if their vehicles don't have the correct clearance level to make it under the bridge. All bridge signs state that the all vehicles entering under the bridge must not have a height of more than 10 feet, 9 inches. A safe height for a truck entering would have to be less than 10 feet.

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