Jasper Railroad Crossing Construction Project Complete
In just a couple of months time, and $450,000 later, a new railroad crossing on North Main Street in Jasper was reconstructed. The old crossing was a danger to motorists. Project manager Mike Atkinson explains.
"Because of the sharp alignment with the skew in the railroad; motorists were looking both ways to see an approaching train, and as a result it was difficult to see the sharp turn in the roadway."
Jasper Police Chief Jeremy Albright says the community is loving the new crossing.
"This is really exciting for us from a safety aspect because the curve was so severe on the north side of the railroad tracks. While motorists were looking to see if it was safe to cross the tracks, they often left the roadway because they didn't expect to have this dog-leg occur right over the railroad tracks."
Albright adds that the crossing isn't just convenient for locals, as it's used by motorists that travel Main Street instead of hopping on I-49 to commute between Carthage and Lamar.