Claremore Daily Progress

Government

December 9, 2012

Citizens criticize crossing closure

BNSF working to average 34 trains through Claremore

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CLAREMORE —

This line is currently running at full capacity and a siding is needed to relieve traffic, according to Minor.
The plan is to add a track to be used as a siding from Akin Road to North Frisco Road. With this closure it would prevent trains from blocking any intersections when parked in the area, according to Minor.
BNSF officials in Ft. Worth will be reviewing the data to make a final decision on the location.
The closure cannot occur without the approval of the Rogers County Commissioners.
There is a possibility that a train siding could be constructed without the crossing closure, although it would require the train engineer to break the train every time it is used.
This is not the ideal situation, according to Minor.
If the intersection is closed BNSF will be making a financial contribution to upgrade the nearby crossing at the intersection of 450 Road and Akin Road.
Additionally, the closing would help alleviate the current situation with trains blocking the tracks in Claremore.

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