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Jun 21, 2013 8:50 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Tangipahoa opposes plan to close rail crossings

State Department of Transportation and Development officials say they will permanently close three railroad crossings in the Tangipahoa Parish by the end of next week.
DOTD say the Babb Street, Capace Road and Rev. J. White Road railroad crossings, which are all along the north-south U.S. 51 rail corridor, will be closed because there are other crossings nearby with "increased safety mechanisms."
While Tangipahoa Parish officials have met repeatedly about safety concerns at the railroad crossings, they have fought closing the crossings ever since DOTD sent letters to Tangipahoa authorities in 2005 about shutting down several railroad crossings in the parish.
Parish President Gordon Burgess says he plans to put an item on the Parish Council's Monday night meeting agenda to discuss the crossing closures.

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