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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Drivers in northeast Fort Worth say they are concerned about safety, just days after Trinity Boulevard was washed out by rain.

As it stands, the road is shut down at the bridge project near the Bell Helicopter plant and it’s going to stay that way for months.

Along Norwood Drive, which is a narrow two-lane road, drivers say you can hear the Trinity Railway Express train from miles away.

Some drivers told CBS 11 News, while they can see the railroad tracks and crossing signs, they now can’t see what’s on the other side of those tracks.

“As soon as you come over the tracks you see the traffic. You don’t see the traffic before you get to the tracks,” explained Race Arendall, with Tioga Contractors.

According to Arendall, the problem is a new detour.

Traffic can be bumper-to-bumper and some drivers are worried they’ll get stuck on the tracks.

“It’s just a matter of time before somebody gets stuck on those tracks,” Arendall said, adding, “…and it’s not just the commuter trains that come through here, You’ve got he big, big haulers that come through here.”

Other drivers have the same concerns. Aisha Malone lives in the area “I’ve seen people stop on the tracks and I get worried that somebody will get hit.”

A spokesperson with the City of Fort Worth said crews are working on making adjustments to the lights, so traffic gets through the detour faster and safer.

But some people, like Malone, think more can be done. “There needs to be some signage to remind people don’t stop on the tracks.”

The detour is not going away anytime soon. Trinity Boulevard will be torn up for at least the next three months — if not longer.

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