'Speed bump' at busy railroad crossing has been fixed - WNEM TV 5


'Speed bump' at busy railroad crossing has been fixed

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A bad railroad crossing had both drivers and a local city upset after a massive speed bump built into the road had some cars bottoming out. Now after TV5 asked the Tough Questions, the area has been repaired.

Beth London is the city engineer for Saginaw.

"They actually have an order from the state to fix the crossing. This is what they did to fix the crossing and we think they made it worse,” London said of the original work done by Huron and Eastern Railway at the crossing on West Genesee Avenue.

“I question how they can raise or be allowed to raise the tracks as much as they want to and then the elevation of the road has to change to accommodate their tracks to the new elevation. That's a concern to us,” London said.

Some residents compared a trip over the tracks to driving over a speed bump.

"I feel it was pretty dangerous. Just you got a probably a six to eight-inch elevation change and you go at thirty miles an hour it's just very hectic,” Roy Aranjo said. "You're actually taking a jolt. You're bouncing around, I mean, your front ends coming down. Your head can possibly hit the ceiling of the vehicle and everything. I watched other vehicles go over it and the same thing. Just the reaction of people is amazing.”

The general manager of the railroad said the work done at the crossing is not up to their standards. He also said they would fix the problems as soon as possible.

Now after some work, the stretch has re-opened, and the bump has been smoothed out.

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