Town to close railroad crossing
by Melanie Patterson
Apr 11, 2012 | 1672 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PARRISH — The town of Parrish will close one of its railroad crossings.

On Tuesday, the Parrish Town Council voted unanimously to close the crossing on Thompson Road at the request of Norfolk Southern.

The Federal Rail Administration recommends only one grade crossing per quarter mile, and “all railroads in the country have been tasked with the elimination of redundant crossings,” stated a letter to the town from the Norfolk Southern Corporation.

The purpose of the closings is to prevent vehicles colliding with trains, according to the letter.

Parrish Mayor Wayne Gross said there are three houses near the crossing, and that the occupants of two of them already use Parrish-Cordova Road rather than the railroad crossing.

Norfolk Southern could offer the town a monetary incentive to close the crossing.

Town officials will inform Norfolk Southern that the council voted to approve the closing. A time frame for the closing has not been set.

In other business, the council voted to approve the 2011 audit. Officials said the only request from auditors was that the town have a budget.

“We are on target with everything. We are in good shape,” said councilman Willie Woods.

The next regular council meeting is May 8 at 6 p.m., at Parrish Town Hall.