Railroad blocks US 281

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Railroad blocks US 281 days after meeting

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Apologetic Austin Western Railroad officials promised Burnet County commissioners on July 24 they would put in place measures to prevent trains from blocking busy intersections for longer than 15 minutes after several incidents which took place last month.

However, just two days after receiving assurances the problem would be resolved, it happened again as a train blocked US 281 Thursday afternoon, July 26, for nearly half an hour, a situation Burnet County Judge James Oakley and Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. have called “unacceptable.”

“At about 4 p.m., we look up and our phones start ringing with claims from residents that US 281 was closed for 25 to 30 minutes,” Oakley said. “I know that on the north side of the track, it was backed up all the way to the intersection of US 281 and Park Road 4, which I would guess to be about three miles or so.

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