A loose rail raises concern at Crosstown

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Updated: 3/19 7:22 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- It’s a sound that’s hard to ignore when you’re driving through Crosstown.

“The noise is a nuisance,” said Don Lewis, chief operations officer for Tupelo. 

According Lewis, part of the rail that protects the concrete pad has come loose, which is what is causing the noise. But, the sound aside, does this intersection pose a danger to drivers?

“The rail is loose. It’s not really a danger. It’s been checked by both public works and Burlington Northern. So, we’ve eliminated any danger, we hope, but are still concerned,“ said Lewis.

A concern that Lewis says he and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton have shared with the railroad officials because they are responsible for fixing the problem.

"We have worked directly or communicated directly with Burlington Northern, and they are trying to set a time where they can come in and do repairs," said Lewis.

But, the process of scheduling a time is not moving fast enough for one Tupelo City Councilman.

“If you drive it on a daily basis, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out it’s rough on your vehicle,” said Councilman Mike Bryan.

Bryan says he’s fed up with what he calls, “The biggest quality of life issue in Tupelo." He took to facebook to voice his opinions, even encouraging the public to contact our Congressman and U.S. Senators.

As a result, Byran says he got in contact with the executive director of governmental affairs with the railroad.

"He said, in a quote to me, 'it could be a month to up to two years before anything happens.'" Like, it is out of his hands, but he’s trying to get it done also. So I said, look, we need a short term remedy for fixing it," said Bryan.

We asked the councilman how he plans on holding officials with the railroad accountable for bringing a permanent fix to the problem.

"We, the city of Tupelo, have got to trust that he is actually working on the other end to get it done. So, it’s a matter of trust," said Bryan.

Bryan says the executive director of governmental affairs with the railroad promised he will try to get a short term remedy in place as soon as possible.
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