Norfolk Southern recently made an investment to support long-term infrastructure improvements in Bellevue, Ohio. A check for approximately $472,000 was presented earlier this month by Will Miller, Norfolk Southern's director of public engagement, to City of Bellevue Mayor Kevin Strecker.
Pictured from left to right: Bellevue economic director Dave Sabo, Norfolk Southern senior real estate manager Chris Jones, Norfolk Southern manager of environmental operations Bob Scoble, Bellevue safety-service director Bill Brugnone, Norfolk Southern director of public engagement Will Miller, Bellevue mayor Kevin Strecker, Norfolk Southern regional real estate manger Mark Felicetti and Bellevue city engineer Kevin Scagnetti. Photo credit: Sandusky Register / Brandon Addeo
The funds will address ongoing drainage issues at the U.S. 20 underpass, where Norfolk Southern's rail line spans a bridge. Flooding at the underpass during heavy rainfall has led to closures for motor vehicles, causing inconvenience and impacting the safety of residents and Norfolk Southern employees in the area.
“We're partnering with the City of Bellevue to improve infrastructure, making the community, our employee work environment, and operations safer,” Miller stated. “These funds will help fund important repairs that will alleviate existing stormwater collection issues below our rail line. This investment will help ensure that we're operating safely and efficiently alongside motorists as we move goods in and out one of the largest rail yards in our network.”
The city plans to commence construction in the coming months, aiming for completion by the end of the year. This strategic investment aligns with Norfolk Southern's dedication to ensuring the safety and efficiency of its operations in the region.
This solution reached by the City of Bellevue and Norfolk Southern signifies Norfolk Southern's ongoing commitment to supporting the communities it serves and fostering positive relationships across its network. Strecker expressed gratitude, stating, "With this very generous contribution to the city of Bellevue, this will make a huge impact within our community. Thank you again to Norfolk Southern for being a very important and outstanding corporate citizen to the city of Bellevue."