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Clark, Pernice meet with CSX Transportation officials

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NORFOLK - St. Lawrence County Legislator Jason A. Clark and Norfolk Town Supervisor Charles Pernice met with officials and engineers from CSX Transportation late last week to discuss repairs to grade crossings in the town of Norfolk.

The meeting was in response to requests made by both Clark and Pernice to discuss the on-going problem that has drawn complaints from scores of local residents.

The Norfolk leaders met for more than an hour with Maurice O’Connell, regional vice president of public affairs; Robert Rohauer from the Community Affairs and Safety Division; and Craig D. Sollenberger, PE, a construction engineer who is responsible for the line that traverses St. Lawrence County. Norfolk Town Highway Superintendent Larry Villnave was also in attendance for most of the meeting.

Officials from CSX reiterated their commitment to repair and upgrade crossings in Norwood and Norfolk during the summer of 2014.

“I think the meeting was very productive. We discussed the safety hazards that the crossings pose at length and they were very responsive.This was exactly the outcome that we were looking for,” Clark said.

Pernice was also pleased with the outcome of the meeting.

“They were very open to our concerns, to the concerns of the residents of Norfolk, and Maurice gave us his personal guarantee that those crossings in need of repair would be repaired by the end of next summer,” he said.

The group also discussed track speed-related issues and other improvements to the CSX main line in the town of Norfolk. CSX reaffirmed its commitment to making future long-term investments in the line that will ensure consistent scheduled service for many years to come.

Clark and Pernice have also been working with the Freight Bureau of the New York state Department of Transportation and the governor’s office on rectifying these issues.

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