Damaged railroad crossing in Madison County fixed after 2 years

Posted: Nov 24, 2021 / 10:04 PM CSTUpdated: 11/24/2021 / 10:04 PM CST

MADISON COUNTY, Illinois – For nearly two years, only trains could use a level crossing in Madison County where part of the road had collapsed.

FOX 2’s You Paid For It team helped deliver results for the two cities affected by the shutdown. After months of waiting, the residents of Venice and Madison can now use the level crossing.

The problem started when a company that installed fiber optic damaged a sewer pipe. Finally the street collapsed.

Residents contacted Elliott Davis of FOX 2 after failing to get the two to get together and fix the problem.

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Elliott first spoke to Madison Mayor John Hamm, who said part of the problem was getting permission from the railroad to close the tracks in order to fix the intersection. He said he was just as frustrated with the subject as anyone else.

Shortly after Elliott shared residents’ frustrations in July, they saw progress.

“I think thanks to you it was a great help to get things out of the middle,” said Hamm. “You stopped by after you got there and started preparing the pavement. Probably about a week and a half since you were last here, you got it right. “

Dennis Hampton, who lives in Venice, also deserves recognition. He first called the You Paid For It team to get involved and said he was just sick of it.


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