"Hazardous" railroad crossing to receive crossing arms

Weiner railroad crossing receiving cross arms
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

WEINER, AR (KAIT) - A railroad crossing in Weiner will soon get its first set of crossing arms.

Mayor Todd Bartholomew said the Arkansas Highway Department recently announced the crossing had been approved to receive the arms.

The Auction Street railroad crossing will receive the arms within the next year.

Bartholomew said these tracks are particularly hazardous because school buses often cross twice a day or more.

"We're concerned every time a train comes through, about our citizens, our students," said Bartholomew. "So that's just something that we feel like as a city we need to do and a service we need to provide,"

Andy Barrett, transportation director for Harrisburg Public Schools, said the city has been pushing for something to be done about the crossing for more than five years.

"I get phone calls, not weekly, but probably two or three a month, about buses and railroad crossings and trains," said Barrett. "This is a high-speed track. Trains travel up to 70 miles per hour and even this crossing here it is hard to see down the track."

Barrett said he thinks people in the town will be happy to hear about the new addition to the railroad crossing.

The city has also volunteered to remove some brush near the tracks to enhance visibility.

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