Norfolk Southern speaks out about graffiti throughout Elmira

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With more and more graffiti appearing around the City of Elmira Norfolk Southern spoke out about there railroad company stating that graffiti is not something of their concern.

They sent 18 News the following statement:

With nearly 10,000 bridges across 22 states, Norfolk Southern’s priority is the safe operation of every train across every one of its bridges every day.

Our rigorous inspection and maintenance program focuses on the structural integrity of bridges, which are inspected by certified bridge engineers monthly or annually, depending on use. It does not focus on aesthetics, as appearance does not necessarily reflect physical condition.

Cosmetic enhancements such as painting are costly and may need to be repeated frequently. We try to address reports of graffiti as promptly as possible. From time to time, communities will request that a bridge be painted as part of economic development or beautification efforts, and Norfolk Southern considers each request based on its individual merits. 

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