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Commissioner sets hearing to consider Superior railroad crossing repairs

Councilor Brett Fennessey sought the council's support to compel Union Pacific Railroad to fix rail crossing on East Fifth Street.

Railroad crossing on East Fifth Street at Hill Avenue
The Office of the Commissioner of Railroads set a public hearing to determine whether the Union Pacific Railroad Company should be compelled to make repairs at the crossing on East Fifth Street near Hill Avenue.
Contributed / City of Superior

The Office of the Commissioner of Railroads in Wisconsin has scheduled a public hearing to determine if Union Pacific Railroad should be compelled to fix the rail crossing on East Fifth Street at Hill Avenue.

City officials sought the hearing because the railroad has failed to maintain the crossing in good condition for highway travel. If a determination is made that the crossing needs repair, the railroad is responsible for the cost of repairs.

Councilor Brent Fennessey requested support for a resolution to compel the railroad to make the repairs at the crossing in September, which was approved by the council.

Parties to the hearing and members of the public may attend online at global.gotomeeting.com/join/852640781 or by phone 312-757-3121 with access code 852-640-781 at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10. No physical location for the hearing is planned.

The administrative law judge will control access to the hearing and witnesses will be muted until allowed to speak. Late arrivals will be put on hold and accepted when the administrative law judge has the opportunity to admit them without disrupting the hearing.

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Public comment can also be submitted in writing to Docket 9040-RX-1385 Comments, Office of the Commissioner of Railroads, P.O. Box 7854, Madison WI 53707-7854 or online at apps.ocr.wi.gov/APPS/OCRapps/publicComment/filecommentDocketlist.aspx . At the bottom of the page, select “File a comment” for docket number 9040-RX-1385 by Feb. 9. Comments submitted by email and fax will not be accepted.

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