Driver safety becoming a concern at busy Westfield railroad crossing

Hampden County

Concerns about driver safety at a busy Westfield railroad crossing may be unfounded.

After receiving viewer complaints about alleged lack of driver safety at Westfield’s Springdale Road railroad crossings, 22News spoke with City Engineer Mark Cressotti about the lack of flashing lights or even a stop sign for drivers crossing the tracks.

Cressotti told 22News that drivers don’t often have to wait while trains come through, which is why these signs don’t exist. “It’s a sidetrack that’s not heavily used,” he explained. “It’s not long lines of trains that you see on the main lines of CSX. This is a local delivery rail of Pioneer Valley Railroad; you don’t get those long lines of trains.”

Cressotti said he’s never received any complaints from drivers using the railroad crossing near the Savage Arms plant.

Cressotti added that the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is responsible for dealing with driver safety concerns at railroad crossings.

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