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LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Nearly four years after a teen was tragically killed near
the McCord Road rail crossing, demolition work will soon begin to clear the way
for the underpass project.
People who live or work in the Springfield
Township-Holland area get stopped by trains there on a regular basis.
"I get caught quite often. In the end it'll be better,
but in between it'll be hard," said Darlene Bowman, who's looking forward to
work starting on the $33 million project.
The plan is to build an underpass to divert traffic under
the tracks, and Lucas County is in the process of acquiring the final pieces of
property for the project.
"We expect construction to start in April, and they have
to relocate utilities and tear down buildings before that," explained Lucas
County Engineer Keith Earley.
He anticipates demolition work to begin in a matter of
The death of Cody Brown in 2009 at that rail crossing
intensified the calls for improving safety for drivers and pedestrians. Earley
says the project will not only improve safety, but save people time and money
by eliminating a busy rail crossing which is only expected to get busier.
"I do expect, as the U.S. Department of Transportation
predicts, that rail line will get a lot more traffic," he said. "They are
predicting double the traffic."
The State of Ohio ranks the McCord Road crossing as one
of the most dangerous in the state.