Biloxi makes moves on railroad crossings

After another tense discussion, with participation from city leaders and residents, Biloxi will approach CSX with a proposal involving the city’s railroad. That plan will call for the closing of six of the more dangerous crossings located east of Keesler Air Force Base.
There are portions of Biloxi where many of those railroad crossings are less than a block apart and with the tracks seeing an average of 15 to 18 trains daily, the city believes that reducing the potential for accidents involving the railroad is a necessary measure of action. City of Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel said, “The City Council voted 4 to 1 to say ‘ok, let’s begin the process of talking to CSX.’ On the surface, we had a bus-train deadly collision. You would think ‘ok, we are just gonna go out and close some crossings.’ We’re looking at at least a year because what needs to happen is we have parallel roads that are gonna connect the ones that we are consolidating. We don’t want to have any dead end streets in Biloxi.”
Main Street, which runs from Highway 90 to Back Bay, will not be one of the railroad crossings facing closure.

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