According to Talladega City Manager Brian Muenger, the arrangement between the city and CSX Railroad to renovate those crossings has been in place for some time.
“The agreement was approved by the council several months ago, where the city would pay for the materials and CSX would pay for the labor. By that arrangement, we were getting all those crossings done for what we would have paid to do just one in-house.”
Muenger said he thinks the work on East Street will be especially beneficial, since a traffic study showed that some 9,500 cars per day go over the tracks there.
“The rubberized crossings and smoother crossings should help disperse traffic through there,” he said.
Work on Court Street is already finished, he said, and work on Stephen J. White remained ongoing Wednesday, but should be finished soon, weather permitting.
The work on East Street will likely have to wait until the repair of the sinkhole on Alabama 21 South is complete, however.
Muenger said seeing the improvements being made in partnership with the city and the railroad is “very gratifying.”
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