How to report a delay lifting the Norfolk Southern bridge over the Cuyahoga River

The Norfolk Southern bridge at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River is usually down, to allow 100 trains a day to cross. That means the boats wait to get through. (Tim Evanson, Creative Commons)

Cleveland boaters have a beef with the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge that blocks access between the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie.

The railroad promises to lessen delays at the NS1 bridge and improve relationships this summer with freighters, safety patrols, cruise ships and recreational boats.

But if you experience excessive delays, don’t just gripe about it. You can report Norfolk Southern to the U.S. Coast Guard, which collects complaints and can fine the railroad for not lifting the bridge quick enough.

It’s a one-page document, and sure, it’ll take a minute to fill out. But the Coast Guard stresses that if you want to solve a problem, first you have to prove the problem exists.

Here’s the form: Fill it out. Send it in. And if you don’t see it below, click here.

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