Railroad Crossing
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Railroad Crossing

September 1, 2019


MOUNTING CONCERNS OVER SAFETY MEANS A POPULAR SHOR CUT FOR SHELBY COUNTY DRIVERS IS BEING CUT OF! GOOD EVENING, I’M JACK ROYER. AND, I’M SHERRI JACKSON. IF TOU’RE USED TO TRAVELING COUNTY ROAD 377 BETWEEN 280 AND COUNTY ROAD 11. MAKE PLANS TO CHANGE YOUR ROUTE. CBS 42’S CORY MCGINNIS JOINS US IN THE NEWSROOM. CORY,WHAT PROMPTED THE CHELSEA MAYOR TO APPROVE THE CLOSURE? THE MAYOR SAYS ITS ALL ABOUT SAFETY… THE ROAD HAS BEEN A SHORTCUT FOR MOTORIST FOR YEARS. THE CLOSURE OF THE RAILROAD CROSSING WILL MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TRAVEL FROM SHELBY COUNTY 11 TO SHELBY COUNTY 280 VIA 377… “”Everyday…” AMBERLY MITCHELL DRIVES THROUGH CHELSEA AT LEAST ONCE A DAY… “monday through Friday going to work and coming from home from work.” CROSSING THESE RAILROAD TRACKS ON SHELBY COUNTY ROAD 377… “its a frequently traveled road” A ROAD BETWEEN SHELBY COUNTY ELEVEN AND SHELBY COUNTY 280… BUT HER TRIP WILL NOW BE A LITTLE LONGER, AND that’s BECAUSE CHELSEA CITY COUNTIL APPROVED TO CLOSE THE RAILROAD CROSSING ON WHAT MAYOR TONY PICKLESIMER SAYS IS A PROBLEMATIC SHORTCUT ROUTE. “its a small road, the crossing isnt lit” PICKLSIMER SAYS THE CITY DECIDED TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE THE RAILROAD CROSSING BECAUSE OF THE OVERALL SAFETY AND TRAFFIC ISSUES… NOTING, TRAFFIC WOULD OFTEN STOP ON HIGHWAY 11 AND DRIVERS WOULD TRY TO TURN ON ROAD 377 WHICH CAUSES CONGESTION… “It will be an inconvience for some and I hate that, thats not my goal.” WHICH IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST TRAFFIC AREAS IN CHELSEA… ROAD 377 HAS BEEN USED AS A SHORTCUT AVOIDING THE BUSY INTERSECTION OF THE TWO ROADS… BUT THE ROAD IS CRAMPED WITH NOT ENOUGH SPACE… cory “JUST TO SHOW YOU HOW HOW NARROW THE ROAD IS WE DECIDED TO ACTUALLY TAKE THAT ROUTE TAKE A LOOK, THERES ACTUALLY A CAR COMING IN MY DIRECTION..SO IMAGINE WHAT YOU WOULD DO IF A CAR WAS COMING YOUR WAY.” ONE MOTORIST WAS KILLED AT THE CROSSING YEARS AGO WHICH SPARKED THE CLOSING… BUT WHILE IT MIGHT TAKE MITCHELL A LITTLE LONGER TO GET TO HER JOB… “Probably about 10 minutes.” SHE UNDERSTANDS SAFETY FIRST… “I think its a good thing, because people fly down this road.” THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE LOW BID OF NEARLY TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE THE RAILROAD CROSSING. PICKLESIMER SAYS THEY PLAN TO CLOSE THE CROSSING BY NOVEMBER. LIVE IN THE STUDIO, CORY MCGINNIS, CBS 42 NEWS, LOCAL COVERAGE YOU CAN COUNT ON…

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