By Wyatt Goolsby
The town of Stanton is a little closer to making all of their railroad crossings safer. They have six railroad crossings, and only five have crossing arms. But that's about to change.
While lots of trains come through Stanton every day, it's only been recently that the Union Pacific Railroad and the Texas Department of Transportation have said that this intersection can expect some added security.
"And that will just be when the Union Pacific crews can get to it, when they can schedule it, and we expect that it will happen within the next 16 months," said Glen Larum with the Texas Department of Transportation.
Stanton's City Manager, Danny Fryar, said the added arms to the crossing have been talked about for years. Only recently, however, has the intersection at St. Peters been picked as a priority spot for the state.
"In the meantime, we've had people get run over, which raised it way up on the priority list, so this will take care of us," explained Fryar.
Fryar said that they've had two deaths at the crossing in the last 8 months, and from what residents in Stanton said, having some gates sounds like a good idea.
"Well, I think it's better for them to put that on, because I think it will be more safe for the people. If you're in a hurry, you don't pay attention if a train is passing by or you might not see it, and if they're there, they're coming down, you are going to know that a train is there," said one resident.
"It will save people's lives for one thing," added another Stanton citizen.
"I actually do think it's going to help out quite a bit because there have been quite a few wrecks in the last couple years. I just moved back in November," explained another resident. "But I've heard in the last couple years, there have actually been wrecks there because there's no crossing arms, so I think that it will be a very good improvement."
Even when the gates are built, officials said it is important for all drivers to keep an eye out when crossing railroad tracks."But you still have a responsibility, even when the arms go up to make sure there's not a train coming in either direction," said Larum.