11-foot-8 ’can opener’ railroad bridge in N.C. will be raised

Sven Gustafson
11-foot-8 ’can opener’ railroad bridge in N.C. will be raised

Over the years, we’ve written a few times about an infamous railroad trestle in Durham, North Carolina known as the “can opener” for its propensity to shear off the tops of trucks that pass underneath it without heeding warning signs about its perilously low clearance of 11 feet, 8 inches. In a tweet, the Durham Transportation Department announced it will shut down the offending bridge at 201 Gregson Street starting this week in order to raise the bridge by 8 inches to 12 feet, 4 inches. The North Carolina Railroad Overpass at Gregson Street (The 11'-8" Bridge) will be closed to all through traffic 24/7 from October 23 to Nov 5 in order to raise the 11’-8” Railroad Overpass.