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Demolition to begin at dangerous McCord Road rail crossing

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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 days.

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.  

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