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Railroad company lacks funds to repair crossing near Klondike

The Revive Klondike project has drivers questioning the bumpy alternative route they may have to take.

Posted: Jul 27, 2018 6:55 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— The Revive Klondike project has drivers questioning the bumpy alternative route they may have to take. The closure from Lindberg to just south of Cumberland Avenue will redirect traffic until the project is complete.

A railroad crossing at West 250 North and Klondike Road will be an option for a detour route.

Driver Grant Sondgeroth said he's been maneuvering the crossing for years.

"You definitely have to slow down and try to get at the right angle to make it," said Sondgeroth. "Even though there isn't a great place to cross over."

Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad company owns the tracks. When WLFI made the call to ask when this would be fixed, the answer was more than just a time frame.

The Vice President of the railroad company, Neil Stroo, warns drivers to slow down and stop before going over the railroad crossing. He said it costs up to $50,000 to fix this kind of crossing. The company does not have the funds to replace it and the project could take up to a year until it is fixed.

For the time being, crews from the company put down asphalt to help cover up the holes.

Tippecanoe County Highway Executive Director Stewart Kline said fixing this issue is out of their control.

"There's not a lot we can do about the railroad crossing because just by statute and law," said Kline "Everything within the railroad right of way it belongs to the railroad and has to be done by the railroad."

Until the company can come up with the money, drivers may ask themselves, is it worth taking the road most traveled by?

The detours are expected to start in the next few weeks. The first phase should wrap up by November and the full list of the detours can be found on here.

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