Hazleton Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi believes a railroad trestle that greets motorists who enter the city from South Church Street should serve as a welcome sign that leaves a lasting impression with people who pass beneath it.
But in its graffiti-covered state, the bridge is sending the wrong message, the mayor contends.
A racial slur that was spray painted on the bridge years ago greets northbound motorists shortly after they cross into city limits. A pedestrian walkway beneath the trestle is deteriorated to the point where people must walk on the street.
“It’s like the welcoming sign to Hazleton and it’s got a nasty message beneath it,” Yannuzzi said. “I don’t think it should be there.”