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Published April 25, 2013, 06:58 PM

Lake rise could delay railroad raise plans

The second stage of the railroad raise in Ramsey County is slated to begin in less than a month, but the lake rise could potentially throw a kink in the plans.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The second stage of the railroad raise in Ramsey County is slated to begin in less than a month, but the lake rise could potentially throw a kink in the plans.

A BNSF spokesperson says crews could run into some problems if rural roads go under water. BNSF met with rural Ramsey County farmers to discuss the project last week. The railroad has plans to close crossings for days or weeks at a time to raise the track five feet. But if rural roads are flooded, those crossings could be the only road some people would have access to. Farmer Lee Gressner says railroad reps were surprised to find out they might have to accommodate traffic while they raise rails.

Lee Gressner: "They thought when they take out a crossing to do their work they'd like to have it closed two/three weeks at a time and it was quite an education on their part when they found out these roads might not be out of water, so they're gonna have to have a plan B."

That plan B would most likely involve crews taking time to make the crossing passable every night after they finish their day's work. It's more likely flooding will affect railroad crossings near Penn, as opposed to a few miles down the road in Churches Ferry, where roads are raised higher.

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