Deadly Railroad Crossing to Be Improved

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MEDINA, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Transportation will pay 90 percent of the $450,000 dollar price tag to fix a dangerous railroad crossing on Boston Road in Columbia Twp.

It’s the same piece of roadway where four Brunswick teenagers were killed in a car accident on June 3.

Blake Bartchak, 17, Kevin Fox, 18, Lexi Poerner, 16, and Jeffrey Chaya, 18, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

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ODOT said while federal safety funds will pay for most of the project, the remaining 10 percent will be funded by local governments.

Right now, the roadway comes to a peak at the railroad track, making it a popular site for thrill seekers. 

And while the speed limit has been lowered since the tragedy, ODOT spokesperson Christine S. Myers believes the major renovation will save lives.

“Basically, the peak will not be as steep.  In other words, we’re raising the roadway at each one of the approaches, to the east side and west side of the actual railroad track.  So what you’ll have instead will be a gradual slope up to the tracks, so it’ll be a much less of an incline at that particular area,” said Myers.

Authorities are also thanking residents in the area of the railroad crossing for their cooperation, since there was a slight amount of real estate or land needed to increase the right of way for this particular project.

Construction is set to begin in June 2013 and will take two to three months to complete.

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