Ind. mayor says CSX is not responding, but Class 1 is ready to make crossing repairs

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
CSX Corporation
CSX is monitoring a grade crossing in Michigan where motorists have reported accidents due to loose crossing timbers.

The mayor of Michigan City, Ind., is not going to leave CSX alone anytime soon.

Mayor Duane Parry has promised city officials that he will keep calling the Class 1 company until something is done about the railroad crossing at Tilden Avenue. The intersection has been closed due to poor conditions. Railroad tracks have sunk and will be need to be raised.

Traffic signs are now needed to direct traffic to Woodland and Franklin and away from Gardenia, which is currently handling the load.

Officials are hoping a mild winter could allow CSX to make the repairs sooner rather than later. Additional funding might be needed for the approach.

U.S. Rep. Frank Mrvan (D-Highland) has been contacted in the hopes the lawmaker can have better success contacting CSX, which claimed repairs to the intersection are on the schedule.

In an emailed statement to RT&S, CSX said, “CSX invests heavily in infrastructure maintenance to ensure the safe, reliable movement of trains, and the safety of our employees and the communities where we operate.

“CSX met with local officials to develop a plan to repair the crossing surface in the spring when asphalt becomes available. We have maintained open and ongoing communications with the city regarding crossing maintenance options and the intended schedule.”

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