OTTAWA - Navigating a vehicle through Ottawa this week has proven a challenge, especially if you are attempting to move east to west, or visa-versa. CSX Transportation has kept travellers guessing as to which railway crossing will be open by the time the driver drives from points A to B.
"They're telling us they have to keep on working," says Jack Williams, municipal director for the Village of Ottawa. "They don't know if they're going to get a job done in a day. If they finish a section they start another."
According to Williams, the railway company is required to schedule state route closures with the Ohio Department of Transportation in order for the state agency to post detours. However, county villages sometimes find out a crossing will be closed the night before the work begins, or administrators find out the morning that work begins.
On Tuesday afternoon, railway crossings at Williamstown Road and Third Street were open. CSX intends to have the Main Street/U.S. 224 crossing open on Wednesday, with the only closures in the village at the Locust Street and Fourth Street crossings.