TXDOT Considers Closing Railroad Crossing After Union Pacific's Safety Concerns 3/31/13
CBS 7 News
March 31, 2013
MIDLAND-Union Pacific is raising questions about the safety of a railroad crossing at a Midland intersection.
TXDOT had a meeting Thursday about closing it, but no one showed up.
The crossing is located on Business 20 in Midland, just west of where it hits I-20.
Union Pacific told TXDOT they are concerned about safety at the crossing, citing more than a dozen accidents that have happened at the crossing.
Neighbors told us today they have mixed feelings about the closing.
“That’d be a whole lot better,” said Jerry, who lives near the crossing. “I already don’t use it because it’s so dangerous.”
Another woman says the guardrails at the crossing are part of the problem.
“I don’t want them to close it, I want them to get better guardrails that come down on time,” said Nicole Martin.
TXDOT’s Gene Powell says they will have more community meetings before they make any decision regarding the crossing’s closure.
TXDOT is also working on a possible solution to the many trucks that bottom-out at the crossing. They are looking into adding an additional rail line, allowing companies to ship more piping on rails as opposed to using trucks.