Gadsden County Discusses Closing Two Rail Road Crossings

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

A major decision in Gadsden County could affect how Havana residents travel. The county has been seriously discussing the permanent closure of two roads crossing train tracks.

With a development in Midway wanting a new entrance crossing the tracks, the railroad company and the Florida Department of Transportation says two other crossings would have to close. The closures would be mainly due to safety, among other reasons.

Currently, Havana residents adamant about not closing any crossings, are asking to be kept in the loop for what happens next.

Doug Croley, a Gadsden County Commissioner for the district said, "Any infrastructure that is, such as a railroad crossing, that might be removed from the public benefit--the public has a right to know about it."

Jan Borderlon, a Rail Specialist with the Florida Department of Transportation said, "We don't just throw it out. We always listen to them and certainly they can lend good positive information that will help us in our determination."

Gadsden County will hold a public hearing next week on July 15th. There, residents will be able to give input on the county's crossings. A decision is expected to be made by commissioners on whether to apply for a new crossing or not.

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