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Sun., Oct. 4
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Murphy Road traffic restricted for railroad grade crossing repair


NORFOLK - The railroad grade crossing on the Murphy Road is currently under repair according to St. Lawrence County Legislator Jason A. Clark.

Through traffic on the road has been restricted since late last week. The crossing was excavated on Monday and substructure work was initiated on Tuesday. Track replacement across the road grade and culvert work was expected to start on Wednesday. Final track work and paving is expected to be complete by no later than Friday with the expectation that the road will open that afternoon.

Late last year, Mr. Clark, Norfolk Town Supervisor Charles 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.

The next crossing in the Potsdam-Norfolk corridor to be repaired will likely be Cherry Street in Potsdam with work beginning next week. Mr. Clark said he continues to barter with CSX officials to address the crossings in disrepair throughout his district with an extra emphasis being put on the Mill Road in Norfolk.

“My colleagues at CSX remain true to their word and I think we as a collective community should be grateful to them for that,” Mr. Clark said. “I continue to press because several crossings remain extremely dangerous. The Murphy Road crossing was by far the worst and has comparatively taken the longest to repair. I continue to press the Mill Road because it has suffered the most continued damage, especially during the winter, since I sent my first letter in October.”

In the meantime, if people have concerns or questions, they should contact Mr. Clark at 617-312-8594.”

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