Addis residents speak out about concerns with train tracks
POSTED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 6:34pm
Addis, LA (NBC33) —
It's a problem for drivers everywhere; bumpy, uneven crossings. But people in Addis are speaking out about the railroad tracks in town that are damaging their cars.
Two local residents have had to replace car parts because of the uneven railroad tracks. And one man has even had to avoid those crossings completely to get around. They say this is a problem that needs to be fixed.
"It's like you going on a rollercoaster across this," said Addis resident, Richard Ramagos.
Richard Ramagos has been having issues with the railroads tracks by his house for years and is looking for some answers. "Almost 2 years ago they come and they racked them over and they instead of being level like the other two tracks this one here dropped it down about a foot and they never come back and fix it."
Ramagos says he even had to upgrade to an SUV because the bottom of his car was getting damaged way too often. “I know one man he is in handicapped van and he can only go across Main Street because he drug and tore up his exhaust," noted Ramagos.
The man Ramago’s is talking about is Dale Stockwell. He has to drive a mile out of his way each time he leaves town to avoid bottoming out as he crosses the tracks.
"It is 6 inches lower than a normal vehicle, “noted Stockwell. “When ever I cross these set of tracks there it’s the only one set of track that I can cross."
And after voicing their complaints and concerns Richard and Dale will continue to take alternate routes until this problem is solved.
"Maybe they will wait until all of us die then they won’t have to fix it," said Ramagos.
The mayor of Addis says they have been talking with the railroad company for many years and will continue discussions until they reach a solution.