Update: 7:54 pm, 4/22/19, Monday
DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Repair work on the Bowman Avenue CSX crossing is focused on improving safety.
Some living near that crossing say they’re excited to see gates being added because they say the signals are often misleading. They say the dinging will go off sometimes when the train is coming, and sometimes when it isn’t.
“For the kids and other pedestrians that’s riding past. People in cars – when they’re in their cars and they’re riding past, if the gate is down, they know not to go. But if the gate is not there and the thing dings, like I said, you can just keep going. I dont’ know that it’s a train, even because the thing is not down,” said Danielle Grubbs, who lives just a few doors down.
We reached out to CSX several times for a comment. A spokesperson called these repairs just “regular maintenance”.
They said these repairs are critical to the safety of both the train operations and roadway traffic.
City leaders say they are hoping to upgrade the type of gates that are around all of the city’s railroad crossings.
Right now, some have gates, but they don’t always stop people from just walking around them.
However, city leaders are still in the early planning stages for those changes.
Original: 12:02 pm, 4/22/19, Monday
DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Repair work is underway on the CSX crossing on Bowman Avenue.
Assistant City Engineer Eric Childers said the repairs are just for general maintenance purposes.
He says they will be working on making improvements to several CSX crossings in town.