Boulevard tracks get yet another repair

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MDOT was back this week to fix loose railroad tracks downtown that were overhauled in a major project just two years ago. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Those traveling on Chicago Boulevard this week likely noticed some re-routing in the traffic lanes on Monday as Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) crews worked to repair the roadway underneath the rail ties at the city’s major four corners intersecting Evans Street.

“We became aware that the tracks were coming loose again a week or so ago after receiving some complaints from downtown business owners,” said Tecumseh City Manager Kevin Welch.

He added that Department of Public Works Superintendent Tim Bock notified MDOT of the problem right away.

“They responded pretty quickly,” said Welch. “I think their goal was to get the work done now rather than risk it taking place later in the middle of Appleumpkin.” He said his understanding was that crews would be putting some finishing touches on the project on Wednesday, Sept. 12 but the work should be completed that day.

Approximately two years ago, MDOT did a complete overhaul on the tracks that are used by the Southern Michigan Railroad. Crews have been called in three or four times since then due to tracks coming loose, causing loud noises and safety concerns every time a vehicle passes over it. Welch said MDOT has not shared information on why they think the problem might be recurring.

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