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Francisco railroad work causing traffic concerns

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GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) -

Railroad crossing work is now in it's third day on Highway 64 in Francisco and the official detour takes drivers several miles out of the way. 

There are local roads that drivers can use to get through, but officials say they've had trouble with some drivers being where they shouldn't. 

We're told the problems started on Monday when that road was first closed. Trucks cars other traffic flying down narrow roadways and damaging people's properties.

"Tire marks in the yard from where more than one vehicle is passing at the same time or the stop sign which normally sits up, last night we came home and found it. It was like somebody just drive right over it. It was just laying in the yard," Kristi Morgan said.

Morgan is seeing more trucks crowding the roadways, but Town Marshall Michael McGregor says they are not to blame.  

"The problem that we're having is that there is no warning for drivers anywhere close. When they get to the construction that the highway is blocked, you cannot get through," McGregor said.

McGregor says there should be more warning signs, but INDOT disagrees. Cher Elliott with INDOT says there's plenty of signs leading up to the road block in either direction but the traffic just keeps coming.

"This is a very quiet neighborhood, very quiet streets, which is one of the reasons why we moved here. The last couple of days since Monday, when they started with the road closing, our streets have sounded like a NASCAR racetrack," Morgan said.  

McGregor says that's something he is trying to control. 

The railroad crossing should be back open by the end of this week or the beginning of next week. Things should then go back to normal. 

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