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Raise The Ann Arbor Railroad Tracks

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Parent Issue
Day
10
Month
March
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

Now that fcwo electric lines are being pushed froni this city westward, oue to go to Ohelsea and Jackson and the other to Dester and Lausiug, both of whioh will be obliged to cross the Aun Arbor railroad in this city talk of au overhead bridge over the Ann Arbor railroad is again being revived. It would be au exceedingly-dangerous thing to have these electric lines cross on grade especially as the cars would have the momentmn of a heavy down grade as they reached the track of the Ann Arbor road and sonietime a brake might not work and a heavy loss of life might result. Of conrse, outside of the question of safety for streot car passengers, the people of the west side have had to conteud with crossing the railroad track on grade. They have freqnently couiplaiued of cars waiting on the tiacks at crossing of the streets and tbere has always been more or less of danger to foot passengers as well as those with horses, and especially to the children. It has been one of the things which bas kept down the value ofproperty on the west side. As the country becomes older there is always a growing feeling against grade crossings. They introduce a large element of danger, which could be avoided by forcing the railroad companies to cross above or below grade and in many cities this has been done. The question, then, is, instead of building one overhead bridge across the Ann Arbor track in this city, canuot the Ann Arbor road be forced to raise its track so as to cross all the streets of the city above grade and on bridges. As a matter of fact the grouud lays so that this could easily be done aud the road would find it much easier hauliug. Before S. State st. was cut clown, where the Aun Arbor road crosses it, it was on a level with the top of the bi'ick chiinney of the electric light works and the Aun Arbor railroad bridge across the Huron river. other words the road now has a heavy down aud up grade insido the city limits. This conld be eliminated by making nearly a level] grade from S. State st. 'to the railroad bridge. If this were done and the passenger house of the Ann Arbor road raised, the road wonld bridge every street in the city, crossing Huron st. 20 feet above its present level and Miller ave. 26 feet above the present level of that street. It wonld also open up William aud Liberty and Washington sts. and wonld obviate all objectious to the openiug of W. Ann Ann st. through what would then be valuable property. If the grade to the railroad bridge was started at the passenger house, Huron, Ann and Miller ave. would be brigded but William and Libeity would have to be crossed on grade. This project is of vital importance not ouly to the people of the west side, but to the merchants who receive farmers trade on the roads leading into the city. It means nmch to our penple. Now is the time to agitate the question.