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Railroad Crossing Repair Delayed Until Spring

Archbold village council learned the repair and upgrade of the Defiance Street Norfolk Southern railroad crossing has been delayed again at its Monday, Nov. 4 meeting.

The project, originally scheduled for this year, has been pushed back at least twice.

At the Monday meeting, Donna Dettling, village administrator, said the rubberized crossing panels won’t be ready until December.

Asphalt is needed to install the panels, and asphalt plants are closed for the winter.

Jeff Fryman, mayor, said work crews can’t lay asphalt unless the air temperature is about 50 degrees or higher.

So, Dettling said, the crossing repair is delayed until Spring 2020.

She said NS officials are “going to try to do the best they can to button it up over the winter, but it’s probably going to get much worse.”

Following the meeting, Dettling said NS officials “need to keep an eye on it throughout the winter and the spring, because they’re still not giving us the commitment.”

Reading from a message, she said, “It says, ‘Install in spring of next year,’ whatever that means.”

After the meeting, Fryman said at this point, he would rather the railroad wait until spring to upgrade the crossing.

Waiting for weather warm enough to lay asphalt would help insure “the job is done right,” he said.

Council approved spending more than $100,000 to have the crossing upgraded from standard asphalt to rubberized panels at its April 1 meeting.

At that time, Bob Seaman, village engineer, told council NS wanted to start the upgrade project “as soon as possible.”