Safety concerns raised about Inman Street underpass in Cleveland
The Inman Street underpass in Cleveland is raising safety concerns.
Paul Bridgeway says when he knew the underpass would be a problem when he first started his moving company, Making Moves, five years ago.
"It's like a danger zone," he said. "If you're in a box truck there's a good likelihood that you're not going to fit under there."
It's why he warns his drivers.
"I tell them you can go anywhere in Cleveland, but you cannot go under the Inman street bridge," Bridgeway said.
Instead, his drivers use an alternate route that was mapped out by the city. "Truck detour" signs direct drivers around the underpass, but not everyone follows the route. On Monday, Cleveland police were called out to the underpass after a truck crashed into it. They say the truck could not fit through the underpass's 10'10" in clearance.
"It has happened a lot in the 20 years I've worked here," Cleveland Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Evie West, said. "The issue is the drivers who should know their vehicles and should be intentional about reading clearance signs."
Director of Cleveland Public Works, Tommy Myers, says there's nothing more the city can do to prevent accidents from happening. He says there are already warning signs up leading up to the underpass, a truck detour route, and a low speed limit is posted.
"It's up to the drivers to pay attention, but we're thinking of other solutions," Myers said.
Bridgeway agrees. He says the problem is many truck drivers are not being trained and are unaware of their truck's clearance height and how to check it.
"Stop throwing people in a truck and having them go out into the road because if you're not training them then that's when the issues arise," said Bridgeway.
Norfolk Southern utilizes the underpass for passing trains overhead.
Channel 3 reached out to company on Wednesday morning about the stability of the underpass and inspections of it, but did not hear back.