Residents and city workers alike are tiring of detouring around a closed railroad crossing.
Mayor Tom O’Leary said on Thursday that calls have been made to CSX, the company that is responsible for the crossing on Atwood Street on the city’s east side.
“They contacted John (Swain) and Al Baker to let them know they were planning on doing work to the crossing and it would be closed temporarily. They found that there was damage to the crossing and the railroad infrastructure and they were not able to finish the work before the weather turned cold,” O’Leary said.
O’Leary said his office has received a few complaints about the lengthy closing of the crossing.
“It is an inconvenience to all of us,” O’Leary said.
O’Leary said the company is planning to use asphalt in the tracks and crossing so the workers have to wait until the asphalt plants open back up for the new season.
“Asphalt cannot be produced in the winter months because it has to be the right temperature for it. If the weather stays mild, the asphalt plants may open back up sooner than the normal month of May,” O’Leary said. “Until then, we are a victim of the railroad company.”