A grassroots effort to keep an area railroad crossing open appears to have failed.  Earlier this year a combination of people going door-to-door and shared internet petitions in an effort to keep the rail crossing at Piasa Road in Brighton Township open.  The township supervisor confirms a contract has been signed with the state to close the crossing, but reminds the board had no say in the decision to do so.

The Brighton Township Highway Commissioner had the final say in whether or not to close the crossing, but Tim McNear declined an offer to comment for this story, saying anyone that wants to find out what's going on should come to the Tuesday night Brighton Township meeting.  Opponents of the plan have expressed concerns that closing the crossing would not only create an inconvenience for local residents, but create a potential safety hazard.  Tonight's Brighton Township Board meeting will be held at the Brighton Township Garage at 3341 Miles Station Road at 6:30pm.

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