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8/22 Public Meeting Q&A: Highway 25 Road Projects

Post Date:09/11/2019 10:21 AM

Below are the questions and answers given during the August 22, 2019 Public Meeting held at the Garden City Senior Center to discuss various projects being completed on Highway 25. A PDF of the questions and answers below can be found HERE

1.    Question: There have been issues with a train blocking the Azalea Avenue, Herty, Main Street, and Rommel Avenue areas at various times of the day. What is the City doing to mitigate this issue?

Answer: Mayor Bethune stated that the City has put the Railroads “on notice” and any recurring issues  or  blockages  will  be  reported  directly  to  railroad  officials  for  immediate attention  and resolution.

2.    Question: When a train blocks all 3  crossings,  the  northern portion of Garden City near Main Street can in essence become isolated with no access out of the neighborhood. Is there any way to post a signal or signage that could direct residents  where to exit if a train is blocking the intersections?

Answer: I (The Mayor) will reach out to the parties involved about the feasibility of installing such a system.

3.    Question: Why do the trains blow their whistles for so long?

Answer: There  are  requirements for each train to  blow  a whistle  for a specific length of time according to the type of crossing and location. The City previously completed a “Quiet Zone” study on  railroad  crossings  within  the  City  where  it  was  deemed  unfeasible  due  to  extreme costs associated with the modifications that would be needed.

4.    Question: Is it possible for there to be a longer time period between trains leaving the Port yard? It seems that as soon as one train has ended and cleared another one comes directly behind it blocking the crossing again.

Answer:  This  has  also  been  presented  to  the  Ports  and  the  railroads  in  the  past  and will  be revisited.

5.    Question: Why does the railroad allow just an end car or two cars to block a crossing?  Couldn’t the  train  pull  forward  just  a  little  bit  allowing  the  railroad  crossing  gates to  raise  to  then  let travelers pass in their vehicles? This is often seen at Azalea Avenue and Smith to Main Street. What is the rationale for that?

Answer:  Mayor Bethune  stated  again  that  the  City has  put  the  Railroads “on notice”  and  if  a resident  finds themselves at  a railroad crossing where  a train is not moving for more than 10 minutes then they should call 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 operator has the information to directly route a call to the proper contacts to get the road crossing  unblocked.  Tell the 9-1-1 dispatcher it is a non-emergency so they can call the proper contacts. Calling 9-1-1 also  allows for any recurring issues or blockages to be documented.

6.    Last statement by Mayor Bethune was reiterating that he will ask for another meeting between the railroads and the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) to discuss and cover all of the topics presented above.

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