A main railroad crossing in Downtown Marshfield could be shutting down temporarily in the near future. This is coming after the crossing between Maple Ave. and Veterans Pkwy. had three train to car collisions in the past three months. Luckily there were no fatalities with any of those accidents.
The Public Works Committee made the recommendation and the city council will vote on the decision next Tuesday.
The crossing between Maple Ave. and Veterans Pkwy. could be temporarily closed for three weeks to allow the city to assess what kind of impacts it could have if they were closed permanently.
Dan Knoeck, Director of Public Works for the city, says it might have an affect on businesses in the area. "We've had contact with other businesses in the area who feel there will be some impact to them," said Knoeck, "And this kind of gives everyone a chance to really asses what that impact will be."
Knoeck says they would like to keep the crossings open, but his main concerned is with traffic safety. He warns drivers to always pay attention to railroad signs, and never stop on the tracks for a red light.
Knoeck said the city hasn't set a specific date for the temporary closings, because there's still a lot of planning to be done.