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Complaint to be filed against CSX railroad

September 17, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The borough is filing a formal complaint against CSX Transportation for failing to improve a railroad crossing on Orchard Drive.

Borough Solicitor Tom Finucane said Monday he is working on the complaint, which will be filed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission this week.

"This has been a problem we have tried to address with the railroad for over a year now," Borough Manager Eric Oyer said.

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He said that last spring representatives from the borough, CSX, the PUC and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation met to determine what needed to be done and who would do what to improve the bumpy crossing.

"I felt it was worked through, and everyone knew what their role was and what improvements would occur, but they have not occurred to date," Oyer said.

He said it was the borough's responsibility to work out a detour for the heavily traveled road that connects state highways Wayne Avenue and Route 11, while CSX would improve the crossing.

"We laid that out and sent it to PennDOT, and PennDOT approved it and we thought things were moving along," Oyer said.

Months have passed without any work, so Oyer said the utility commission suggested the borough file a formal complaint to move the process along.

Oyer said the borough and council members have received numerous complaints about the crossing from residents.

"We've had contacts and contacts with the railroad and finally thought things were moving along when we had the collective meeting," Oyer said.

A message left for a CSX Transportation spokesman Monday was not returned.

Repairs to a second crossing that causes drivers headaches is also being pursued, Borough Engineer Bob Wagner said.

Borough officials said the abandoned Norfolk-Southern rails at Wayne Avenue and Derbyshire Drive need to be improved, but the status of that project is uncertain.

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