TOO MANY RAILROAD CROSSINGS IN IRON MOUNTAIN?
THE ESCANABA & LAKE
SUPERIOR RAILROAD THINKS SO
(I(Iron Mountain - March 05, 2018) - "The railroad crossing capitol of
the state." That's how City Manager Jordan Stanchina described the 13 railroad
crossings in the City of Iron Mountain.
Stanchina said the E&LS Railroad,
which is responsible for maintaining those crossings, would like to see the
The 13 crossings is a very high number for a city the
size of Iron Mountain, but that railroad does bisect the City.
any of the crossings, which would result in fewer connections between Stephenson
and Carpenter Avenues , is likely to run into resistance from both residents and
the commercial community.
The E&LS informed the City in a recent letter
to Manager Stanchina, that they are in the process of planning for maintenance
and upgrades to the 13 crossings. Obviously it would be cheaper for them if that
number were reduced.
In that same letter, the railroad informed the
a State-sponsored program, under which the City would be paid $100,000 for
removal of a single crossing, and $125,000 each for any additional removals.
Stanchina said he will keep the Council advised of any further developments.
No one appeared enthusiastic at the prospect of closing crossings.