Edinburg reconsiders rail
POSTED: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 3:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:33am
EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Crews are still working to fix the damage caused by Tuesday's train derailment in Edinburg.
Canton Road is open to traffic. It had been shut down between McColl and Jackson Roads.
Three train cars were carrying corn and damaged the railroad as they came off. The railroad cuts right through town.
After the accident, it has city officials looking for a new approach.
"The area's grown a lot, we just would like for the rail company to relocate instead of going through the center of our community," Edinburg city manager Ramiro Garza said.
City leaders want to push the rails outside the heart of town because of its proximity to homes. Tuesday's derailment was less than a football field away from somebody's backyard and could've easily caused some property damage. City leaders also bring up the city's population growth. 20 years ago, there were about 20,000 people in town. Nowadays, there are more than 80,000.
"It's about starting the conversation because the area's going to continue to grow," Garza said. "We should be over a 100,000 in five to ten years."
Rio Valley Switching Company runs the railroad in Edinburg. Messages left to it were not returned. Rio Valley is paying to fix the damage.
Edinburg is pushing for it to pay for the city workers' overtime as well.
"Obviously, we did block off the road, we do have officers assigned, and street crews," Garza said. "We're going to be working with the rail company to make sure all costs are accounted for."
About one train per day runs through Edinburg. It's not immediately known when the repairs will be made and when the trains will continue to run.