Three options for the separation of ranks were discussed in the Circleville council chamber
CIRCLEVILLE – The mayor of Circleville has said that one of his goals as mayor is to get a grade separation within Circleville to deal with the ongoing rail problems plaguing the city.
During Tuesday night’s board meeting, Mcllroy said he was contacting Norfolk Southern Weekly to complain, but the railroad was not doing much. This is why a grade separation is proposed to alleviate the burden of railway blockades.
âThe town of Circleville has seen a dramatic increase in the number of trains coming from the NS International Yard over the past few years, now more than 40 a day pass through the town,â the mayor said, âthe outage or derailment of a train could cause a complete blockade of police, firefighters and EMS in half of the city.Because of this American structure, the point was instructed to look for alternatives for a level crossing inside or at proximity to the limits of society.
These options are the ones that the company believes are the most viable, but they are not the only ones. The mayor said public input will be crucial in moving any plan forward. These are the three options that have been presented.
Court Street: This location was the preferred level crossing due to the location of firefighters, police and services. The area carries the most traffic per day than any other street in the area. The court street option out of the three is the most expensive, however, at $ 11.5 million, requiring the demolition of 11 buildings 9 residential and 2 commercial. The intersection of Edison Avenue would be removed. The road would be four lanes and would give the most relief.
Washington Street: This location near Court Street would be the cheapest option for the city at $ 8.4 million and it would use a dilapidated property in an S-curve bridge. This location would only require the removal of 3 houses from the west side of Washington Street between the tracks and Ohio Street. A cul-da-sac would be provided at this location to maintain several houses, but if this is not feasible, 5 other houses would have to be removed.
Critics’ Route: This location would be the furthest from Circleville, extending Crites Road past Pickaway Parkway to Kingston Pike. This would cost 9.3 million and would have the least impact on properties that do not require any building to be demolished. The benefits of the traffic would not be as good as the other two options. It is also not such a good option for firefighters, police and EMS in an emergency. The writings would also have an economic impact widening the possibilities of development in this zone.
“Safety is not the only consideration for this very expensive project,” said Barry Keller, “We have to define other reasons because we could build a fire station in the South End for less.”
Mayor Mcllory said the funding would eventually come from grants from federal funds and state funds. Circleville could be a good candidate because of the security aspect.
These options are not the only ideas, just a starting point according to the mayor and council. Any community input on the options will be recognized.
Construction would take about two years to complete the closure to traffic in the area.