Railroad did not make it easy on drivers in Salem

SALEM – Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said the city was not advised by Norfolk Southern that all the railroad crossings in the city would be closed simultaneously on Thursday.

The crossings were closed as the railroad moved equipment through that it will use to replace rails in June.

The railroad called the city Wednesday morning, Kenst said, to advise it they would close crossings from Allen Road to South Lincoln Avenue, “one at a time,” so it could move the equipment and materials through.

“We didn’t get any notification,” Kenst said, adding he didn’t find out they were all closed until about 1 p.m. Thursday. “They said each crossing would be closed 45 minutes to an hour.”

They were open by Thursday evening.