Fort Payne seeks feasibility study for overpass above railroad tracks

Fort Payne seeks feasibility study for overpass above railroad tracks
(Source: WAFF)

FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) - The city of Fort Payne is looking at the possibility of an overpass.

City officials say they're having problems with the railroad trains blocking railroad crossings. The Fort Payne City Council voted to close this road and railroad crossing. By doing so, that will give them seed money to help solve this issue.

Mayor Larry Chesser said for years they've been dealing with trains parking and blocking streets. He said with the growth of train usage it's only getting worse.

"All of our schools are on one side of the railroad track and hospitals and doctors offices are on the other side of the railroad track. There's never been an occasion that I know of where we couldn't get across. It's just that we had to go somewhere else to get across than where you would normally go," said Chesser.

The mayor feels the best remedy is to reroute Highway 35 from downtown and let it connect with Highway 35 on the south end of town with an overpass above the tracks.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to close 23rd Street south and the railroad crossing. By doing so, Chesser said the railroad will pay the city just over $32,000. That money will go toward a feasibility study to see how much an overpass would cost.

No word on when the study will be completed.

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