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Church footbridge needs no city inspection
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First Baptist Church of Covington has connected its youth worship facility with its main campus with a boardwalk over railroad tracks.

The structure spans Norfolk Southern railroad tracks that have not been used for about a year. Some residents have questioned the boardwalk’s legality, but an office worker for the Usher Street church said it received permission from Norfolk Southern to cross its right-of-way.

City Planning Director Randy Vinson said if the structure was an actual bridge, the city would likely have to inspect it and make sure it had proper structural integrity

But it falls under the category of board walk, so "there aren’t any International Building Code requirements for inspections for a boardwalk, so the city wasn’t involved in the project," Vinson wrote in an e-mail.