Bridgeport rail crossing open again

The citizens of Bridgeport are breathing a sigh of relief after the Main Street/Highway 88 rail crossing opened again early Sunday morning. The crossing on the south edge of town had been closed since a BNSF coal train derailed the previous Sunday, leaving a huge of pile of coal at the location along with at least 15 damaged cars that left the tracks.

The railroad had indicated they would have a temporary crossing established for motorists but that never occurred. Mayor Jack Berg said not having the crossing for a week meant traffic was being detoured to another road a few miles away that simply wasn't able to handle the traffic.

Initially the railroad said it would be a couple weeks before a permanent crossing would be installed because of the low supply of asphalt needed to make the repairs. But Berg said he is grateful it only took a week's time and was happy with the smooth crossing that is there now and the railroad's quick response in getting the coal and damaged cars removed and a permanent crossing built.

There were no injuries as a result of the accident, which is still under investigation.

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