Driving east-west through Crawfordsville could very soon become a huge pain in the tracks.
CSX Transportation informed the city that it is closing the rail crossing on east Market Street for maintenance. With Wabash Avenue currently closed east of Mill Street, that means the only two east-west paths will be Main Street or Elmore.
“We are very concerned about the impact to traffic flow and public safety this closure would create and have been in constant communication with representatives of CSX Transportation since learning of their intended closure,” Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said. “We have repeatedly requested they defer their maintenance project until Aug. 15 to allow for the completion and reopening of Wabash Avenue. To date, we have been unsuccessful in our discussions and CSX has not been willing to alter their plans to accommodate our public safety concerns. “
With no other alternatives, Barton said the city is filing legal action against CSX and the Indiana Department of Transportation seeking an emergency order to prevent the closure at least until Aug. 15 and the re-opening of Wabash Avenue.
“We regret that legal action is necessary but we have exhausted all other means and must take every step possible to ensure public safety,” Barton said..
Should the city be unsuccessful, traffic will get very interesting very quickly in Crawfordsville. The city reports that the section of Market Street in question also carries more than 13,000 vehicles daily as part of US 136, State Road 32 and State Road 47.