Grafton gets railroad repairs it wanted

Village had to ask agency to order company to address rough Washington St. crossing

CONSTRUCTION CREWS STARTED repairing the railroad crossing at Washington Street in Grafton Nov. 8 after the village filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Railroads about the damaged crossing. Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press staff

Repairs will be made to the railroad crossing at Washington Street in Grafton after the village lodged a complaint that railroad owner Wisconsin Central Limited had not maintained the intersection. 

Wooden portions of the crossing have been damaged, making a rough crossing for vehicles driving over the tracks. 

After the intersection had fallen into disrepair, the village submitted a resolution to WCL on Aug. 16, directing the company to make repairs within 30 days. 

When the repairs were not made before the 30-day deadline, village staff members submitted a petition to the Commissioner of Railroads to investigate the request and order a repair. 

The commissioner announced it had launched an investigation into the complaint on Oct. 13. 

On Nov. 2, a lawyer representing WCL submitted a letter to the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads saying that the railroad company had scheduled crews and secured proper permits to complete work on the intersection. 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced Washington Street will be closed between Ninth Avenue and 11th Avenue from Monday, Nov. 8, to Friday, Nov. 12. 

The closure dates may change depending on weather conditions, the announcement stated. 

Access to nearby businesses and residences will be maintained throughout the closure. 

Recommended detours include Highway 181, Highway 167 and I-43. 

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