Upgrades coming to railroad crossings
LIVINGSTON - Some railroad crossings are getting repairs and upgrades in Livingston Parish, and state grant money is footing the bill.
The Bahams live next to a train track in the town of Livingston. They say crossing those tracks is sometimes a challenge.
"You have to stop completely to see if the trains coming. But most of the time if you're here, you can hear the train coming and sound it's horn all the way through," said Kimberly Coulter.
Over the last decade there have been ten train-related fatalities in Livingston Parish, the most recent back in December near Walker at the Sunland and Woodside Drive crossing. That particular crossing didn't have any arms warning of a train coming.
"I wish they would put something up that would warn us. How the train comes through and blows horn to know its coming. They need those things at every crossing," said Mavis Baham.
Livingston Parish received a grant from the Department of Transportation and Development to help upgrade the 26 railroad crossings throughout the parish. The state will provide more than $230,000 to make the upgrades, and the parish has to match 10 percent of that.
"How do you put a value on that. Would this had made a difference if these improvements been done back then, I don't know. But I do know it could hopefully prevent something that tragic from happening in the future," said Parish President Layton Ricks.
The upgrades could come as soon as the end of this summer.