Walker to close two railroad crossings
WALKER - Despite the argument from disgruntled residents, city leaders approved closing two roads near unprotected railroad crossings Monday evening.
Only one councilmen voted to keep the crossings at Sunset Lane and Mayer Street open. The four votes for the closure was enough to put the plan in motion. Soon, both streets will be closed at the tracks.
The mayor said the process will involve removing the road surface, adding barriers and doing sprucing up curb appeal at the closed areas.
Mayor Rick Ramsey said the closures were necessary, a safety issue, and said the decision to close the two locations wasn't just about the $600,000 price tag of installing signal equipment and crossing arms. He believes crossings are a liability to the city.
The two areas were the only ones without warning lights or arms in the city.
In the past four years two people have died at railroad crossings in Walker.
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