Road Closures Have Many Upset

By: Julie Maloney
By: Julie Maloney

Dozens of families are having to walk up to a mile just to get home.

Several roads in the Yerkes community are closed leaving many upset and worried.

It's exhausting for many in the neighborhood to walk up and down the hill leading to their homes.

Larry Campbell says it's quite the walk, "It's about a mile."

"This morning I went ahead and took my wife to work and they hadn't started working. Then when I came back home they had every one of these tracks down through here tore up." Campbell said.

The CSX railroad has closed several roads in the Yerkes community, which are the only roads for some to get home.

Larry Campbell says he had to park his car down the street and walk a mile to his home.

He says he's not so much upset about the walking, but he's concerned emergency vehicles won't be able to get to elderly residents who live up the hill past the railroad tracks.

"I've got family in here that has health problems, a lot of neighbors with health problems," Campbell said.

Peggy Campbell says it took her three-hours to drive home and it usually takes her 20-minutes.

She says the problem is no one knew the roads would be blocked for most of the day.

A CSX worker says they're repairing the ties on the railroad and this is just the beginning, they'll be there for five-weeks.

For now, many will be crossing the tracks by foot.

One of the main roads to Yerkes was closed Tuesday afternoon as it was being re-paved.

Peggy Campbell says it took her three-hours to get home Tuesday night and if it's still blocked it could keep her from getting to work.


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