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Cleveland RTA suspends waterfront light-rail line service

During a routine inspection conducted in 2018, stress fractures were identified on the Waterfront Line Bridge.
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The Greater Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority (GCRTA) has suspended light-rail service on the Waterfront Line indefinitely due to safety concerns related to the Waterfront Line Bridge. 

During a routine inspection conducted in 2018, stress fractures were identified. As a result, the bridge has been monitored and traffic was restricted, with one train crossing at a time, GCRTA officials said in a news release.

The bridge is located on the East Bank of the Flats and extends over Front Street and Norfolk Southern Railway tracks. 

In October 2020, service along the Waterfront Line was suspended due to a track rehabilitation project at Tower City. Then this past summer — before service was set to resume — the bridge underwent an extensive inspection that revealed four interim support towers need to be built to stabilize the structure, GCRTA officials said.  

The agency's consultant advised that service not be resumed until a permanent solution was implemented. 

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