Traffic Congestion

OFF-DUTY STUART POLICE OFFICER HELPS SAVE 90-YEAR-OLD-VETERAN WHOSE CAR WAS ON TRAIN TRACKS

90-YEAR-OLD ARNOLD MARK WAS SAVED BY OFF-DUTY STUART POLICE OFFICER DAVID JACOBSON, whose car was stuck on the railroad tracks and a train approaching. Marks, an Army veteran from Port St. Lucie, said Monday he had driven through Confusion Conver several times before and he meant to make a right turn but ended up on the tracks instead.

"I was going maybe 5 miles (per hour) when I was making that turn," Mark said. "I couldn't go forward, I couldn't go backwards. I was just stuck."

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"BRIGHTLINE PRACTICE IS UNDERWAY" - SURVEY OF RAILROAD BRIDGES EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 16

THE REQUEST FOR THE U.S. COAST GUARD TO CONDUCT A SURVEY OF MARINERS ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF THE RAILROAD DRAWBRIDGES ALONG THE TREASURE COAST HAS BEEN EXTENDED. These responses have boomed due to events such as the repair of a railroad bridge on the St. Lucie River which left dozens of mariners unable to navigate for three hours Thursday afternoon.

Worse yet, the mariners impacted - such as daytime cruise ship Captain Fred Newhart - were unable to get any reasonable communication with railroad officials about what was going on, and how long the delay would be.

CSX CARGO TRAIN CARRYING MOLTEN SULFUR DERAILS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

FOUR TRAIN CARS CARRYING MOLTEN SULFUR DERAILED EARLY MONDAY NEAR LAKELAND, FLORIDA. Local residents have been warned to stay indoors and close their windows as several cars are believed to have leaked. CSX says no injuries have been reported, and the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

CSX Spokesman Rob Doolittle describes molten sulfur as "a hazardous material used in making rubber, detergent and fertilizers."

TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS EDITORIAL: RELIEF FROM RAIL FREIGHT TRAFFIC? PLEASE!

HOPE LIVES FOR RESIDENTS ALONG THE TREASURE COAST - A NEW PROPOSED PROJECT WOULD RELOCATE 80% OF CURRENT FREIGHT TRAFFIC TO A NEW RAIL LINE TO THE WEST. This project would expand 72 miles of U.S. 27 to six lanes and add railroad tracks along the highway and would redirect freight traffic through the center of the state and ease congestion on the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.

Although not perfect, this is an ideal candidate for federal funding and it would provide relief for communities south of Fort Pierce and too enticing to ignore.

RICH CAMPBELL TC PALM REPORT: A TRENCH UNDER RAILROAD TRACKS? YOU PAID TO STUDY THIS

The Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization paid consultant Jeffrey Weidner, vice president of Martin Engineering, $80,000 to study if the county should build a crossing on St. Lucie Avenue and a stairwell-and-ramp walkway near Railroad Avenue. However, these two-grade separation crossings would come with a hefty price tag.

The overpass on Indian Street would cost $83.6 million. The underpass on Monterey Road would cost $68.5 million.

$160 MILLION RAILROAD CROSSING UPGRADES FOR MARTIN COUNTY

A proposal for digging a trench under the railroad tracks at Monterey Road and building an overpass over the tracks at Indian Street in Martin County would make those crossings safer for traffic but would come with hefty price tags.

This is only part of a $160 million package of railroad crossing upgrades sought by county officials.

"I think this grade separation on Indian Street is already too costly," committee member Joe Capra said. "The one on Monterey is going to be a nightmare for this community."

LETTER TO GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT, CONCERNS OF THE TREASURE COAST FIRE CHIEFS' ASSOCIATION AND BRIGHTLINE

ON APRIL 12, THE TREASURE COAST FIRE CHIEFS' ASSOCIATION (TCFCA) SENT A LETTER TO GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT regarding emergency service and LNG (liquified natural gas) concerns, and services to prepare them for what is coming.

HYPERLOOP ONE - A POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR MIAMI-TO-ORLANDO ROUTE?

A Miami-to-Orlando proposal is one of 11 contenders in the United States under consideration for a 700-mph tube train. Hyperloop One, a private company developing revolutionary transportation technology, announced 11 proposals Thursday that span the county, and an additional 24 proposals from outside the United States.