Crumbling Bridge in “Imminent Danger of Collapse”

EXETER – State officials told Newswatch 16 that the owner of a crumbling railroad bridge in Luzerne County has 10 days to decide if he will have the bridge fixed or dismantled.

According to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, a bridge that used to link train tracks from Exeter to Duryea “is in imminent danger of collapse”.

“The water just keeps hitting those piers and the concrete just snaps away and snaps away. That`s not good for the structure on top, which is thousands of pounds of metal,” said spokesperson Colleen Connolly. “If that bridge were to go into the Susquehanna River and collapse, it could cause flooding and a backup of the river. Homes in those areas have seen flooding before. They certainly don’t want to see it again.”

Luzerne County officials told Newswatch 16 that Leo Glodzik purchased the bridge a few years ago for around $5,000.

State officials said it’s expected to cost more than $600,000 to have the bridge dismantled.

Glodzik made headlines last year, after he was charged with stealing bait money from a towed car.

The former contracted tower for the city is also facing a $500,000 lien for unpaid state income taxes and interest.

People who live upstream from the bridge called it an eyesore and a danger to low-lying properties in Harding.

“There`s a good chance that thing is going to fall in the river some day and create a dam, and we`ll all be… underwater,” said Louise Lasinski. “Everybody is responsible for their own stuff, right? It`s somebody`s property. If it`s going to harm other people, they are the ones responsible.”

If Glodzik does not respond to the notice of violation, officials said the case could go to court, and Luzerne County or the state might get the demolition bill.

2 comments

  • JK

    Yet another one of these crooks masquerading as a small business owner. They are legion in the coal region. They place the cost of their poorly run enterprises on the backs of the taxpayers while not paying taxes themselves. We all end up paying more to collect what is due from them than we ever get out of it as well.

  • Adam Buckman

    fix it why would they waste money trying to fix it there is no way a train can get over it even if it was not in bad shape the tracks cut off going into Harding. They need to take it down it is unsafe it could shift and cause 92 to be under water

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