Railroad crossing causing traffic problems in Wetzel County

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Residents have been worried about a railroad crossing on Route 2 in New Martinsville for years, but they say now it’s becoming more dangerous.

Drivers have been complaining for years, and they want something done about it.

Joe Ward lives in Wetzel county, and he says that the nearby CSX rail yard can sometimes cause incoming trains to hit their emergency brakes and can stop on the tracks cutting off Route 2, and there aren’t any side roads to get around without going over the same railroad tracks.

“You’re cutting off the whole state there 4 or 5 times a day and have parked trains there, so you have emergency vehicles sitting there, school buses, ambulances, police cars, and they can’t get there, and we’ve had death and injured people that can’t get to an emergency, things like that,” said Ward.

Ward also says traffic can sometimes be backed up as far as this Ace Hardware which is a mile away from the railroad crossing. “It’s been a problem for years, many years,” Ward said.

Wetzel county resident Teran Malone says there is a simple solution that would solve the problem. “Fight for an overpass. Get an overpass for the New Martinsville area. It’ll help balance some issues for residents of Wetzel County, help emergency personnel, help residents and students as well.”

Ward said he reached out to CSX and the West Virginia Department of Highways about the issue, but he feels that issue isn’t considered a priority.

“This needs resolved, and I’ve tried everything except calling the White House, and I’m not making much progress,” Ward said.

7News has reached out to the West Virginia Department of Highways and we are waiting for a response about the issue.

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