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(Neb)-County Commissioners Plan To Keep Mill Road Open  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/11/2018 02:34 PM
CHADRON - The Dawes County Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday that made it clear a request to close Mill Road on the north side of Crawford will be rejected. County Highway Superintendent Larry Hankin had recommended saying no and the 3 commissioners said that's what they will formally do at their next meeting.

       The road closure request was part of the city's efforts to install a "quiet crossing" on the east side of Crawford at Annin Street which would require closing the crossing at Mill Road. County Board chairman Jake Stewart says closing the crossing would leave Mill Road residents without direct access to Crawford as things currently sit.

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The county commissioners and representatives from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, the city, businesses along the railroad, and Nebraska Dept of Transportation met late last month and all agreed they need more data on traffic and options before making any decisions.

       Stewart says the commissioners would almost certainly get involved if the decision is made to close the Mill Road crossing because of the impact on the rural residents who rely on that route to get to Crawford.

     "Quiet crossings" use raised medians and curbs to prevent vehicles from driving around crossing arms. With them, trains no longer need to sound their horns in or near communities with them, but those projects generally require closing all other nearby crossing before the requirement to sound the horns is lifted.


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