A grassroots effort to keep an area railroad crossing open appears to have a lot of local support. With a combination of people going door-to-door and internet petitions, supporters believe they can keep the rail crossing at Piasa Road in Brighton Township open, in spite of apparent requests from the state and the railroad to close it.
Brighton Township officials have the final say in whether or not the crossing will be closed, according to local resident and farmer Allen Jones. He tells The Big Z closing the crossing would not only create an inconvenience for local residents, but create a potential safety hazard.
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Jones says Union Pacific Railroad is requesting the closure as the day higher speed rail traffic nears. He says the petitions will be presented to the Brighton Township at its next meeting on January 12 at 6:30pm.