County residents to soon have smoother rides over railroad crossings

Published 9:53 am Tuesday, August 15, 2023

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County residents will have smoother rides over some railroad crossings in the county in the coming months, thanks to an agreement with the Alabama Railroad LLC group.

Escambia County Commissioners approved the agreement with the railroad entity to remove existing rail in Wallace, Foshee Road, Wolflog Road and Champion Road in the county.

Commissioner Larry White said the approval to remove those rails will benefit residents who cross railroad tracks along those roads.

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β€œI want to thank our county attorney (Dave Jordan) for his consistency and following up on this to get this taken care of for our citizens,” White said. β€œIt will be good for our people who travel those roads.”

The crossings, once rails are removed, will be resurfaced to make crossings smoother along those routes.

In other business, the Commission approved:

  • the transfer of a retail beer and wine license for HNM 101 LLC, a business located at hwy. 113 and I-65 in the county;
  • awarded a competitive bid to Jim peach Motors for the purchase of five Ford Escape vehicles for use by the Agency on Aging, noting that one of the vehicles is being funded by the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission;
  • approved the submission of Rebuild Alabama FY 2024 road projects that will include resurfacing a portion of Hwy 11 (Dixie Highway) from Hwy. 4 to U.S. 29; and a bridge replacement at Foshee Road of the Narrow Gap Relief with a total amount for both projects at $1,907,000.

The Commission also agreed to move their next meeting to Sept. 8 due to the Association of County Commissions of Alabama meeting in Montgomery.