FORT WORTH (KRLD/CBSDFW.COM) – It’s been called the busiest railroad intersection in the nation and it’s in North Texas. The problem is, money to reconfigure and repair it may be in jeopardy.
Railroads from all over the country intersect at Tower 55, under the highway intersection of Interstates 30 and 35.
“There a hundred trains that go through that intersection everyday and many of those trains are waiting three, four, five hours… backed up to get through that intersection,” explained Tarrant County Judge Glenn Whitley.
Tower 55 is nearly hidden beneath the Fort Worth mixmaster, but both Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific share it. The companies have chipped in tens of millions of dollars to fix the railway intersection, but it may not be enough.
According to Judge Whitley, the $34 million in federal funding for the improvement project could be cut.
As it stands, children walking or riding bikes into the area often climb between the massive freight cars to reach their destinations and employees at area business complain of being unable to leave their workplace hours after getting off work, because trains are blocking the roads.
In all, more than $91 million was slated to be spent on the Tower 55 Multimodal Improvement Project, which would increase rail capacity and improve safety.
Without federal funds for Tower 55 improvements, many officials fear that plans for more commuter rail projects are at a standstill.