Letter: Place pressure on CN to fix railroad crossing

The Canadian National Railroad crossing 23-40 on Central City Road (E-16) has been terribly rough since the county overlaid the road with concrete. They created a four inch depression. It does act as a traffic control device, but it is also destructive on vehicle suspension systems.

Last September, I spoke to county supervisor Brent Oleson about this crossing. He drove out and looked at it. At the time there was a hole between the tracks around two inches deep and 15 inches wide. He had the county workers fill the hole with asphalt even though it wasn’t the county’s responsibility to fix. I spoke to him again in December at Dunkin Donut and he said he had written a letter to CN and he would write another and copy me. I didn’t get a copy.

I do think since this railroad track crosses a county hard surface road, the county supervisors should be responsible for putting pressure on CN to repair this crossing as they have with all crossings in this part of Linn County. Most gravel road crossings are smoother than this crossing. There are constituents in this part of the county other than at election time.

Merle Akers

Central City

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