The railroad crossing at the block of 900 Eureka Street continually has an issue of overgrown vegetation posing a consequential danger. This specific crossing has proven to be a perilous crossing. June 5, 2008 a catastrophic fatality transpired. In 2008, the crossing had no gates or lights yet displayed only cross buck signs with a stop sign. The track possesses a hazardous curve upon approaching the crossing. Proper vegetation maintenance is vital for the safety of City employees crossing this track to arrive at the water wastewater plant. Consequently, a lack of maintenance and oversight of vegetation growing around the railroad tracks, a young man lost his life. Furthermore, lives were forever changed. Operation Lifesaver, Inc. points out, “ABOUT EVERY 3 HOURS, A PERSON OR VEHICLE IS HIT BY A TRAIN." These statistics emphasize the importance of proper maintenance at regulation lengths of sight lines.
Although a gate with flashing lights was installed as a safety precaution, there are no guarantees that the gate and lights will not fall victim of mechanical failure. Therefore, the maintenance of vegetation is crucial for visual protection from another casualty occurring at this precise crossing. Meanwhile, with a false sense of security of warning devices positioned, a hike and bike trail was installed along this track line to enhance the community. Even though the concept of the hike and bike trail improves vigor within the community, in contrast it adds to the potential risks of public pedestrians crossing this track. Not to mention, unattended children riding their bikes along the trail. This hike and bike trail increases potential dangers to the pedestrians, because a vast majority will be using iPod's to listen to music as they journey along the trail; consequently, hindering their ability of adequate hearing more so distracting their attention from their surroundings.
In 2013, while conducting a visual inspection to see if the City of Weatherford was complying with regulations by maintaining this site; discovery proved once again, the vegetation was extensively overgrown, as well as out of control. Consequently, the vegetation was obstructing the view of pedestrians and/or vehicles for potential dangers. Therefore, the proposal to address the City of Weatherford with possible solutions to maintain the vegetation at this crossing is in order.
One possible solution that may be considered could be to utilize offenders that are sentenced to community service. Instead of having these offenders revamping the courthouse, they could maintain the overgrowth of vegetation along the railroad track. According to District Clean Up & Planting Event a Success! “High-grass and weeds at the railroad tracks that run through the district were cut by MPP’s maintenance crew, with residual debris and litter raked out and bagged up by volunteers for removal on the Partnership’s sanitation truck.” Utilizing the community service offenders could be...