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CSX planning on grade crossings work this month

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NORFOLK - St. Lawrence County Legislator Jason A. Clark says CSX crews will begin making improvements to railroad crossings in the Norwood-Norfolk area early next month.

The work comes approximately seven months after Mr. Clark wrote a letter to CSX Transportation pleading for work on several grade crossings in Norwood and Norfolk.

Mr. Clark confirmed Wednesday that CSX plans to repair the numerous crossings along the CSX main line in the two municipalities in the very near future.

“We have talked back and forth via phone messages and email and a lot of it has to do with weather. They are planning on the second week of May, but it is very weather permitting,” he said. “At this point, as far as I’m concerned, the conditions (of the crossings) haven’t changed. If anything, they may have gotten worse given the winter and spring weather.”

Late last year, the legislator met with officials to discuss the reconstruction of several crossings that were in the “advanced stages of disrepair.”

In his October letter to CSX, Mr. Clark separated the eight different railroad crossings into three different classifications - unsatisfactory, highly unsatisfactory and nearly impassable. Locations on the Gladding Road, Mill Road and Murphy Road in Norfolk were labeled impassable, while the crossing on the Whitney Road was in that category as well.

“They are expecting all of the work to be done by the end of June. Typically the work I’ve seen them do in the past, the work has taken three or four days. Any inconvenience in terms of detours will be minimal and probably no more than three or four days,” Mr. Clark said. “A lot of it is leveling and adjusting the approach to each one of the crossings. As far as the space between the tracks, they will be making sure to resurface those.”

Back when Mr. Clark submitted his letter, CSX officials agreed that the work would be completed by the end of the summer in 2014. They are currently conducting site inspections and doing ther pre-project work.

CSX will be notifying the municipalities in advance of the exact start date on each crossing so that proper temporary detours may be established ,according to Mr. Clark.

“The other thing is I’ve also been in contact with the new county highway superintendent about possibly straightening out (County) Route 38 in the same area of the rail crossings,” he said. “(Donald Chambers) said he would look into it again and will look at it when he is in this area.”

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