Illegal trash dumped along railroad tracks in Northwest Akron is being cleared.
Several bags of appliance parts and other rubbish were collected by community service workers with Akron’s Customer Service Division on Monday along the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway tracks under Palisades Drive off Merriman Road.
Ward 1 Councilman Rich Swirsky said he heard complaints about the trash last fall while he was campaigning for City Council. He said he believes the trash, which included several busted television sets, was dumped off the bridge over a number of years.
“It is already starting to look better,” Swirsky said Monday. “There was a lot of stuff there.”
John Eaton, Akron’s customer service department administrator, said he suspects that under the bridge has been a longtime hangout because of the number of empty beer bottles and other items found there.
He said he also will try to come up with a plan to remove the graffiti that has been drawn under the bridge.
Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or firstname.lastname@example.org.