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Dismantling an unloved relic of Durham’s industrial past

For years, driving in and out of downtown via West Chapel Hill Street meant moving beneath two low, light-blocking railroad bridges. No more.

The railroad company that owns the bridges recently tore down a long-unused span. That sets the stage for a spruce up of a key transportation corridor in a fast-growing town.

9th Street Journal reporter Caroline Petrow-Cohen reports on what it took to tear down the uncelebrated relic and what city boosters want to create in its place.

At top: A gash of dirt stands where a rail bridge once spanned West Chapel Hill Street between West Pettigrew and Great Jones streets. Photo by Cameron Beach