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Clark plans town hall meeting to discuss CSX crossings in Norfolk, Norwood

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NORFOLK - Legislator Jason A. Clark will host a Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Norfolk Fire Station #3 on state Route 420 to discuss issues related to railroad crossings in Norwood and Norfolk.

Mr. Clark said he hopes to accomplish the following at the meeting:

• Provide an update on current CSX track upgrade activity.

• Solicit public concerns regarding ongoing track work.

• Discuss railroad related traffic safety matters.

Late last year, Mr. Clark, Norfolk Town Supervisor Charlie Pernice and Norfolk Highway Superintendent Larry Villnave met with representatives from CSX Transportation. The officials agreed that all of the deficient grade crossings located along the CSX main line in Norwood and Norfolk would be replaced or repaired by the end of the summer of 2014 to a standard that was safe and easily passable.

CSX began that work in late May and there have been several concerns resulting from that work on County Route 38 (Plum Brook Road) in Norfolk, Bicknell Street in Norwood and Pine Street in Potsdam. This meeting has been planned as a way to aggregate concerns and keep the impacted public as up to date as possible on progress that is being made to address those concerns, according to Mr. Clark.

“A lot of people are talking about grade crossing conditions, and I want to make sure that I understand all of them. I believe that CSX is sincere in their desire to provide safe crossings, I just need to be able to relay those concerns back to the appropriate decision makers within the CSX organization,” he said.According to Mr. Clark, the forum may also provide some ancillary benefits independent of work being done on the rail crossings, “If people would like to discuss any other issues related to county government or legislative affairs in District 12, this would be a perfect opportunity for people in that area to come out and talk.”

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