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Three rail crossings face closure in Ballston

Jackson said it's his understanding that some type of alternative route would have to be created to allow residents to reach their homes, something he said would further hamper safety because it would take longer for vehicles to reach the residences in an emergency situation.

Breanne Feigel in public affairs for CP said that the railway has continuously sought to negotiate with residents but have finally decided closure is currently the only option.

"There's not benefit to the railway to have crossings at all. It doesn't benefit us because in this case, we've been working with landowners and the Town of Ballston and haven't been able to reach an agreement where they understand there needs to be certain safety precautions to make for safe passage," said Feigel. "In fact, it's a liability if someone gets hurt, it's a concern to us."

Connolly Road and Saunders lane are unpaved gravel roads and Feigel said they would need to be paved and upgraded to support an alternative solution to actual closure; that work would fall on the shoulders of residents financially, not the railway, she said.

A public hearing concerning the matter has been set for Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. at Ballston Town Hall where residents and the community can voice their concerns. CP representatives will be there, said Feigel, who said the railway is still open to finding an agreement that works for both parties involved.

"CP continues to be willing to meet with local administrators and the community to resolve issues and if there's a way that makes sense where they remain open, certainly that's on the table for consideration but they won't be able to remain as they are today, so work will have to be invested into these crossings to make them safe and legal per transportation agreements," said Feigel.

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