Merrillville wants CN crossings repaired
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent January 26, 2013 7:08PM
Updated: February 28, 2013 6:54AM
MERRILLVILLE — Town officials are turning to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, for help in getting Canadian National Railroad to fix two sets of particularly bad tracks in town.
Town Council President Carol Miano, D-3rd, wrote a letter to the local congressman about the unsafe driving conditions created by the rapidly deteriorating tracks near 62nd and Taft and 64th and Madison.
“We’ve been ignored by CN so we’re bringing the problem to you,” Miano wrote.
“Hopefully we can get these tracks repaired with the congressman’s help,” she said.
Visclosky spokesman Phil LaRue said the office is looking at the appropriate resources it has in assisting the town with its request.
Patrick Waldron, a spokesman for CN Railroad, said once construction season starts CN will compile a maintenance schedule and will determine what work will be performed.
Miano said the town has been calling the railroad’s offices about the deteriorating tracks since mid-summer. She said the railroad says it will look into the matter, but nothing has been done.
She said the tracks on Madison are in worse condition than the ones on Taft.
“What if a train should derail there? There are a lot of houses there on Madison,” she said.