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NJ bridge where train derailed is to be replaced

11-8-13

PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — A bridge that was the site of a 2012 train derailment is set for replacement.

Conrail spokesman Michael Hotra tells the Courier-Post (http://on.cpsj.com/1aJCzCJ ) that work will begin soon on a new span over the Mantua Creek between Paulsboro and West Deptford.

Once it’s in place, the existing structure is to be demolished. Hotra says the entire project should be finished by September. He did not disclose the cost.

The swivel bridge was built in 1873 and has had problems in recent years.

In November 2012, four tanker cars fell into the creek below and one released about 100,000 pounds of toxic vinyl chloride into the air.

Dozens of people have sued the train line claiming hazards from the chemical.

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Information from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), http://www.courierpostonline.com/