Work will begin Saturday on repairing a railroad crossing in Calallen that has been a longtime issue for residents in northwest Corpus Christi.
The railroad crossing on Leopard Street, near the Five Points area, will be closed off Saturday as crews with Union Pacific Railroad and the Texas Department of Transportation remove and replace loose planking on the tracks. TxDOT crews will also repave and level the roadway around the crossing, which has become increasingly bumpy over the past few months.
Joyce Lemma, a resident of northwest Corpus Christi with her husband since 1966, said she initially contacted Precinct 1 Nueces County Commissioner Mike Pusley in June about the issue. Work then began on finding out who was ultimately responsible for repairing the problem.
Pusley and District 1 Corpus Christi City Council member Kevin Kieschnick ultimately began working with Union Pacific and TxDOT to move the project forward. Now, with Saturday's work, both Pusley and Kieschnick hope the issue will be put to rest.
"This is another wonderful example of how the city and county are furthering their working relationship for the betterment of the citizens of Northwest area of Corpus Christi and Nueces County," Kieschnick said.
"After receiving several complaints from residents regarding this particular crossing, I consulted with Tim Clower of the Nueces County Rural Rail Transportation District and asked him to assist with these concerns," Pusley said. "After numerous conversations, with city and county officials, Union Pacific and TxDOT coordinated the repairs that are to occur on Saturday."
Lemma said she was excited to learn about the repair work after receiving a call from Pusley's assistant, Jennifer Dragoo, on Monday.
"I'm just thrilled to death that they're finally doing something about this," she said.
The railroad crossing work will require a one-day closure of that stretch of road, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents are being asked to use Interstate 37 and the northbound frontage road during that time.
"Many within the area will be pleased to know this repair is taking place, as their suspension and tires have most definitely felt the brunt of the issue," Pusley said. "It is also great to know that so many governmental entities, the city, the county, UP and TxDOT, are working together to improve the Northwest area."