ATLANTA – Norfolk Southern’s lift bridge across the Tennessee River at Decatur, Ala., will be out of service for up to five days after it was struck by a vessel, the railroad said in a service advisory on Tuesday.
“A bridge strike was reported at Decatur Junction on the Memphis East Division disrupting service between Chattanooga, TN and Sheffield, AL. Our Engineering and Maintenance of Way teams have conducted initial inspections and early estimates are that the bridge will be out of service up to 5 days, with a restoration of service estimated for Saturday, January 21st,” the advisory says.
It was unclear what struck the bridge. An NS spokesman says the railroad received an initial report indicating a possible bridge strike and is investigating while bridges and engineering teams are planning repairs.
The railroad was working on plans to detour or annul trains scheduled through the area. Meanwhile, it warned customers to expect delays of 24 to 72 hours for freight moving between the Southeast and Memphis, the Northeast and Memphis, as well as all points on Norfolk Southern to and from BNSF Railway and Union Pacific interchange at Memphis.
CSX Transportation also uses the single-track bridge.
Decatur is about 25 miles southwest of Huntsville, Ala.