SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) – The Ohio Department of Transportation's Transportation Review Advisory Council announced Wednesday that the McCord Road railroad track project is now slated to begin in 2023. The plan would call for an underpass to be built so that cars and pedestrians can cross under the tracks safely.
Work was originally scheduled to being on the underpass in 2014, but in January ODOT pushed the project back to 2028 due to budget concerns. ODOT announced Wednesday that the budget issues were not as deep as originally expected and that the project would begin five years earlier, in 2023.
Lucas County engineers have been working to build an underpass on McCord, near Springfield High School, since the 1990s.
In 2006, 15-year-old Springfield High School Student Cody Brown was killed by a train crossing the tracks on his way to school. Brown's parents, Jeff and Jody Brown, say they want less expensive measures, such as the installation pedestrian gates, to begin immediately.
"It's been almost 2 and a half years, and nothing has been done but a few signs. The focus has been 'put everything on hold because of this underpass'. The underpass isn't going to happen, and if it does, it's ten years away. Cody would be almost 30 years old by the time they start the project," said Jeff Brown, Cody's father.
"Take his name off of this underpass. I don't want his name attached to it," said Jody Brown, Cody's mother. "I want his name to be attached to safety, for kids."
The Browns say they will not stop fighting to make the crossing safer.
"I will do this until I can't do it no more. I'll do it for Cody, and for this community," said Jeff Brown.