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Oakland City considers closing some railroad crossings

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Norfolk Southern Railroad is asking Oakland City to consider closing some of its railroad crossings for safety concerns.

Oakland City Mayor Hugh Wirth says that if they were to go forward with the project the railroad crossing that intersects North Jackson Street and East Harrison Street could be one to go. He says its all due to safety concerns and maintenance costs.

Norfolk Southern is working with a federal highway initiative to try and eliminate 25 percent of the crossings in the United States. The idea was presented at Wednesday night's city council meeting and the mayor says it is a possibility.  

Oakland City has 14 crossings in their city limits, and all of them are within a half mile radius. 

If the city decides to eliminate a crossing, Norfolk Southern would give at least $10,000 to the city for closing a crossing. 

Mayor Wirth says it's money that can be used in any way in the community.

"It could go very many different directions. You really never have enough and you try to do the best you can with what resources you do have, so it would be on the lines of probably infrastructure or possibly some upgrading of landscaping, things of that nature," Wirth said.

The mayor says more will be decided on this project at the next meeting which is scheduled to be held on November 12.  

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