PHOENIX (AP) — A state regulatory panel on Wednesday approved Union Pacific Corp.’s revised plan to rebuild part of a century-old railroad bridge that was damaged in a train derailment and resulting fire.
The Arizona Corporation Commission approved Union Pacific’s emergency application to reconstruct the bridge damaged when at least eight freight cars derailed July 29 on a bridge over Rio Salado Parkway and Tempe Town Lake.
Some of the derailed cars carrying lumber and other cargo caught fire, causing the south end of the bridge to partially collapse.
UP satisfied safety concerns of the commission and Arizona Public Service Co. by eliminating a planned piling in the parkway’s median to support the bridge. Instead, the company will install a prefabricated bridge span over the entire four-lane parkway, the commission said.
APS has high-voltage facilities near the damaged bridge.
The elected five-member Corporation Commission’s duties include regulating safety of rail crossings.