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Ex-Erie Bridges to be Removed in Kent

Most of the bridges that carried the Erie Railroad tracks over the Baltimore & Ohio in Kent have long since had their tracks removed. The bridges are located at what was once the east end of the Erie Yard. A westbound CSX manifest freight is about to cross beneath the former Erie Railroad bridges in Kent in June 2012. (Photographs by Craig Sanders) Akron Railroad Club member David Mangold reports that some of the former Erie Railroad bridges over the CSX New Castle Subdivision (former Baltimore & Ohio) in Kent are being removed this week.

The work is part of the National Gateway clearance project that will enable double-stacked container trains to use the New Castle Sub. This will destroy the multiple track capability of the line. I hope they do not destroy the parapet walls, Dave wrote.

One of the bridges carries the Portage Hike and Bike Trail between Kent and Towner s Wood Park in Brady Lake while another carries a single track used by the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway to travel to Ravenna. It is the only track left at that location. The former Erie route is owned by the Portage County Port Authority between Kent and Ravenna.

The track between Kent and Akron is owned by Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority and is still in place, but has not been used in many years. An earlier report had indicated that the bridges carrying the ABC and the trail would be raised to provide more clearance for CSX trains. Like this: Be the first to like this.

Tags: Akron Barberton Cluster Railway, CSX New Castle Subdivision, Erie Railroad, Portage Hike and Bike Trail This entry was posted on February 12, 2013 at 8:13 am and is filed under Railroad News.

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