Ozark Sues Railroad Over Road That’s Been Blocked For 13 Years

OZARK (KFSM)- The town of Ozark in Franklin County has filed a lawsuit against a railroad company, saying a local road was blocked for the last 13 years without their permission.

City officials said the company ripped up and blocked a road along the Arkansas River without their consent. It’s a road block that officials said has been going on for more than a decade, they said.

Oliver Street can be found on a map.

“On that blue print, it actually shows Oliver Street. It shows it as a gravel road coming down the railroad tracks,” Ozark city attorney Christopher Brockett said.

City officials said the street was taken over by the Union Pacific Railroad during construction years ago and hasn’t been seen since.

Brockett said he filed suit Monday (Aug. 11). Brockett said the railroad is blocking a public crossing.

“They’ve illegally closed and removed city property,” Brockett said.

Officials said the remains of Oliver Street can still be seen along the Arkansas River when it was removed back in 2001.

Brockett hopes a marina could be developed in that area.

“Put our crossing back, repave our Oliver Street and road, and then pay us damages for the failure of us being able to use it and develop it,” Brockett said.

Brockett said the damages could cost around $70,000.

Union Pacific Railroad officials told 5NEWS the company has received the complaint and legal representatives are looking into it.

Those with the company said as soon as they have reviewed the complaint, they will decide if they need to release a public statement.

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