Maxton wants safety upgrades at train tracks
By Bob Shiles email@example.com
MAXTON — Maxton officials want federal money to improve the safety of three intersections where roadways cross CSX train tracks.
According to Angela Pitchford, the town’s interim manager, the state Department of Transportation has informed the town that federal funding can be obtained to pay for up to 90 percent of the cost of signals and crossing gates at the intersections. The intersections being considered for upgrading are North First Street, $275,000; North Third Street, $250,000; and Malloy Street, $250,000.
During its meeting Tuesday, the Maxton Board of Commissioners agreed to look for revenue sources to pay the town’s 10 percent of the cost.
A Maxton man was killed Saturday when his car was hit by a train passing through the railroad crossing at Malloy and West Central streets.
Mayor Sallie McLean said that the Malloy Street crossing has been a problem for years.
“There is is a hill there and no clear sight at that intersection,” she said.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners also discussed holding a trash cleanup day. No date has been set.
“There is trash all over this town. It’s all over the sides of the road,” Pitchford said.
Pitchford said that volunteers are needed because the town does not have enough Public Works employees to clean the roads.
“I think part of the problem is that there are no longer prison inmate crews available to pick up trash along the roads,” she said. The inmate labor was lost when a state prison in Lumberton closed last year.
Also on Tuesday, John Wilkerson and Nathaniel Malloy were sworn in as members of Maxton’s ABC Board.
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