Redding residents, here you go again.

I can't imagine living anywhere near railroad tracks, much less a train crossing. But it is a reality for many people. If things run smoothly I'm sure it becomes second nature, although often an inconvenience. Horrible though when tragedy strikes. Seems to me that must be what it's like living in the Redding neighborhood near the Metro-North commuter line.

There was hope back in 2017 when the Connecticut Department of Transportation put out a release that said, in part:

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that work to upgrade the at-grade railroad crossing carrying the Danbury Branch of the Metro-North Commuter Railroad on Long Ridge Road in Redding, will begin on Friday, July 7, 2017. To facilitate the work, Long Ridge Road will be closed at the crossing beginning at 10 AM on Friday, July 7, until Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4 PM.

Now news comes from newstimes.com that the long stalled completion of the project, may finally see a start date in 2019, with the DOT redesigning the dangerous rail crossing. The Metro North Danbury Line tracks crossing Long Ridge Road have been the scene of multiple accidents over the years. Sadly, the most serious crash occurred in 2012, claiming the lives of two people and injuring two others when a train struck a car.

The $2 million project will be paid for with 90 percent federal funds and 10 percent state funds. There certainly has been input over the years from people that own homes and businesses in the area. Let's hope that the work does see the light of day, and that the redesign works.

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