Syracuse viaduct collapse blamed on warm weather in early July

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Officials in upstate New York are blaming abnormally warm weather for causing a railroad viaduct to partially collapse on July 5.

Syracuse.com cites local officials saying that temperatures in the city in early July were the hottest on record for 107 years and that the warmth caused concrete and steel in the spans to expand and fail.

Sections of concrete from the 1941 viaduct, owned by the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad, fell to a city street below. No injuries were reported, but Syracuse officials closed the area to traffic for several days.

Syracuse' mayor is also attempting to gain access to railroad bridge inspection records, but has yet to see them, the news website reports.

See the original report online.
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