Fort Smith Railroad Crossing Causes Concern

FORT SMITH (KFSM)- A busy road used to commute between from Van Buren and Fort Smith is causing headaches for drivers.

Drivers said a section of the road is so rough, it could damage a car.

A railroad crossing is causing the concern on Riverfront Drive, also known as, the Clayton Expressway near the Fort Smith park.

The asphalt is crumbling and leaving large holes, making for a rough drive. Some people are nervous they will bottom out as they cross.

It’s a busy commute, so, some take it slow. Other drivers choose not to take it slow.

The city of Fort Smith said it’s up to the Arkansas and Missouri Rail Road to fix the problem.

“We have to coordinate with the department of transportation to shut down that road,” Ron Sparks with the railroad department said. “They have to give us the permission [on] when and how that can be done because they would have to reroute traffic on that particular road.”

Sparks said they hope to have a crew out in the next few days and have the area fixed by the end of the year.



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