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Town working with railroad to fix crossing

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RAVENDEN, AR (KAIT) -

Drivers in one Region 8 town are cross when it comes to the condition of one of their railroad crossings.

The crossing on U.S. 63 in Ravenden is an area where drivers cringe to go over.

Some, including Ravenden Police Chief Tim McComas, said the railroad crossing is even damaging their vehicles.

He explained about a year ago, he popped a new tire on one of his police vehicles when he drove over the tracks.

McComas said the town is in contact with Burlington Northern Santa Fe about fixing the crossing.

BNSF was reportedly supposed to have it fixed in about a month, but the chief said the process has been going on for about a year.

Other drivers in the area also said the crossing is in poor condition. 

Some said they have seen people drive in the opposite lane to avoid the rougher parts of the crossing.

Mike Sundahl, the owner of The Wrench Auto Repair in Ravenden, said he drives over the tracks every day and that something needs to change. 

"I wish they'd figure out what's wrong with it and smooth it up, straighten it out," Sundahl said. "Like I said, it's just going to get worse. I hate to see somebody get hurt, car get tore up or, like I said, somebody accidentally hit head on trying to find the smoothest spot trying to get across."

McComas said he is concerned with drivers moving into other lanes just to miss that spot.

He said they are working to get the area fixed but need a permanent solution, not a temporary one.

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