Rail spur creates rough ride for drivers in Long Beach

Rail spur creates rough ride for drivers in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - It's a small area of the road, but it's causing a big problem for residents. A rail spur that crosses East Railroad Street in Long Beach has been in disrepair for years, and some have simply had enough.

But the city can't do anything about it.

Despite the fact that it is on public space, the spur belongs to the Cedar Creek lumber distribution yard. It takes some people by surprise, and even slowing down can cause problems.

Lynn Burnaman has seen a lot of near misses.

"People will slam on their brakes once they get close enough to see just how bad it's going to be, and they don't want to tear up their cars," she said.

Burnaman travels the street a lot.

"I go up and down this street probably 8, 10 times a day," he said.

And it has taken a toll on her car.

"I've had my alignment done twice," she said. "I've had to have the balance of my tires because it's popped off the balancing metal."

The situation has frustrated city officials as they've tried to do something about it.

"It's been like this for a number of years," Long Beach mayor George Bass said. "And when I got elected that was one of the first things I started talking about. How can we get this fixed? What belongs to us, what belongs to someone else.

"It's very frustrating," Mayor Bass added. "You know, if it was ours, we'd go down and fix it."

He said he has reached out to the company on several occasions but so far, nothing has been done.

"I don't want to do any harm to any businesses here in Long Beach, especially a big business like that," he said. "So, we want to work with them."

Attorney Mike Hester's perspective is in the minority. His office is just yards away from the spur, and it doesn't bother him.

"I guess I'm just used to the railroad spur," he said. "It's been there forever. And, you do have to slow down a little bit, but I haven't suffered any damage because of it."

WLOX reached out to the company multiple times for comment but have not yet heard back.

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