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Adams Avenue rail crossing to be repaired this weekend

Aug. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A railroad crossing in Huntington that was the subject of numerous complaints at Huntington City Council meetings from former councilman Tom McCallister is finally going to be fixed.

The crossing at Adams Avenue and 15th Street West will be down to one lane or closed entirely Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2-4, to allow for the repairs by CSX.

Starting at 5 a.m. Friday, traffic will be reduced to one lane. From 5 a.m. Saturday to midnight Sunday, both lanes will be closed, along with the Adams Avenue exit off of U.S. 52. Detours will be posted and include:

Adams Avenue drivers will be detoured to 19th Street West to Madison Avenue, then onto 12th Street West to Adams Avenue.

Northbound U.S. 52 drivers can access Adams Avenue by taking the Madison Avenue exit, then take 12th Street West to Adams Avenue.

In the spring of 2012, following the announcement of local railroad crossing repairs, Huntington resident James Blevins told The Herald-Dispatch that Adams Avenue needed to be at the top of the list.

"People are coming down through there at 35 miles per hour," he said at the time. "They get right to that track and they almost come to a dead stop, just to get across that track, because it's so rough."

He had said the crossing there was even more important because of traffic exiting from Interstate 64 and U.S. 52 into West Huntington.

Last year, CSX Transportation made repairs at the 15th Street West and Washington Avenue crossing, while a sinking railroad crossing at U.S. 60 in Ceredo also was repaired.

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