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First step on construction on McCord Road underpass begins


M

uch antic

i

pated changes to a railroad crossing on
McCord road in Holland are closer to becoming to a reality. Springfield School Board members met Wednesday night to discuss the future construction which will be bring major changes to the area.



"

I

t is a good thing that everything's moving forward

,

"


explains Holland parents Paul Quinto.


M

oving forward with planned construction that would turn this rail road crossing and turn it into an underpass.


P

arents like
Quinto are happy to see progress. In 2009, Cody Brown along with Brianna Mullinger, both students at Springfield High School tried to beat a train at this crossing. Mullinger survived but Brown didn't. It's a reality Paul Quinto is reminded of everyday, "my daughter actually dated the young man that lost his life in the train accident and the young lady that was a survivor of the accident goes to school at BGSU with my daughter," explains Quinto.


T

he
Springfield School Board met to discuss changes that will need to be made for the upcoming construction, including changing bus routes, relocating the bus compound, and creating new student parking.


T

he price



tag for all of this is $773, 820 dollars.
Money which won't come from tax payers.



"

W

e met back in the early 90's,
I think it was 1992 and started pursuing this trying to get a grade separation, unfortunately it took this long."


A

ccording to the
Ohio Department of Transportation, an average of 75 trains cross this road. News of an underpass is good news for people who cross it everyday.



"

Y

ou got the cars flying through here, you have trains going by, it definitely would be an important of safety if they have an underpass

,

"


explains a Holland resident.


A

ctual construction on the
$27 million project won't start until next year and should last until 2017.

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