Roswell railroad crossing sparks frustration, concerns for residents

New Mexico

People in Roswell are frustrated with one railroad crossing in town, saying it’s become dangerous and destructive. They’re now calling on the railway to fix it.

“Over the last year, it has really gotten bad,” said Frank Willis, who lives and works near the railroad crossing.

Drivers in Roswell say they want something done about this railroad crossing on East Country Club Road.

“All of our work vehicles have been damaged, secretary’s car has been damaged. We’ve had to rebuild the front end of our car,” said Willis.

From dangers, to damages, they say it’s a disaster to drive over – and the problem is becoming more apparent.

“You can’t even go across it safely, it just bounces your car all over the place,” said David Brock, owner of Country Club Grooming. “If you look close on the railroad track, the spikes have come about this high and eventually cars have bent them over so they’re not even in the ground, they’re just bent down.”

The posted speed limit is 25, but Brock says he has to slow down to 5 mph to avoid dinging up his car. This is the worst he’s ever seen it.

“We’ve picked up two mufflers so far in the last few months,” said Brock.

The Roswell Country Club said it even affects them.

“It’s a main thoroughfare for this side of town, getting over to the west side of town, so it does sure play some role as far as our customer base and being able to make it out here without any additional wear and tear on their vehicles,” said Dane Marley, president of the Roswell Country Club Board of Directors.

Some residents have complained to the city, but the city said it’s out of their hands. The repairs are up to BNSF Railway.

“Our staff has been contacted to check and make repairs and in mid-June they have that crossing scheduled for a re-build,” Joe Sloan, BNSF Public Affairs Director for New Mexico.

Until the complete re-build next month, BNSF said it will replace the damaged railroad ties with new ones. BNSF said it should be finished within the next few days.

BNSF maintains the line all the way from Loving to Clovis. The railway says many of the crossings along that line will be improved this summer.

BNSF also has a page online to voice a complaint.

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