NORFOLK - The railroad grade crossing on County Route 49, also known as the Brookdale Road, will be under repair beginning Monday, according to St. Lawrence County Legislator Jason A. Clark.
Work is expected to be completed by Wednesday.
Crews will return to the Mill Road immediately following the completion of work on the Brookdale Road to reconstruct the paved approaches to that crossing. Track work was completed on the Mill Road last week and, while the approaches were paved by a CSX subcontractor at that time, the job was not done to standard, according to Mr. Clark.
“I drove over the crossing almost two dozen times and the easterly approach just didn’t seem to line up,” he said.
Mr. Clark said he called CSX officials the next day and asked them to perform an inspection of the Mill Road crossing to determine whether his assessment was correct. As a result of their inspection, CSX officials requested that the paving contractor repair their work.
Paving crews are expected to lengthen the approaches and mill existing asphalt in order to make the loft of the approaches more motor vehicle friendly.
Late last year, Mr. Clark penned a detailed letter to CSX officials describing the condition of their crossings located in the town of Norfolk and the village of Norwood. In his letter, he noted that eight crossings were unsatisfactory.
Once next week’s work is complete, five of the eight crossings that he identified will be completely reconstructed. Only the Gladding and Old Market Road crossings in Norfolk and the Whitney Road crossing in Norwood remain.
Crews from CSX have been working on the crossings throughout the summer.
“I have been very pleased by the responsiveness of the CSX team relative to community concerns. We have had a few bumps, but the problems have ultimately been solved,” Mr. Clark said.
If people have concerns or questions, they should contact Mr. Clark at 617-312-8594.