During Monday’s City of Point Pleasant council meeting, Mayor Brian Billings reported that CSX officials will come to the area sometime this spring to assess and make repairs to the crossing.
According to Billings, the crossing has become a safety hazard and is in need of repair due to the uneven rail with the street.
“I drive over the crossing every day as do many county residents. It’s a dangerous spot driving north,” he said, adding that several residents have issued complaints regarding the crossing.
While there is not a specific date set, Billings received a letter from CSX confirming that they would make repairs sometime this spring.
According to Dave Farley of CSX, the railroad is working with the West Virginia Department of Transportation to determine when repairs can be made.
“We’ve got this crossing on our list for repairs for 2010. We will be meeting with the department of transportation and the city for coordinating schedules,” Farley said. “A lot of this depends on when we can get asphalt.”
In addition, Farley said that when repairs do take place, traffic through town may need to be temporarily re-routed. However, this will not be decided until a date for repair is set.
According to Billings, the crossing’s safety issue has been in discussion since early fall.