It’s easy to say that the city of Roy was once just a mere extension of the railroad tracks that intersected the city. 

Now, decommissioned yet still maintained by the company, the tracks are more of a nuisance to daily commuters out of the small Pierce County town than anything else. 

During a report given to the Roy council Monday night, Mayor Anthony McDaniel said he plans on getting firm with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company (BNSF), which owns and maintains the railroads, to get BNSF to repair and refurbish portions of its railroad crossings within the city. 

This comes after McDaniel was able to talk the railroad company into coming out to repair one of its crossings at Higgins Greig Road and State Route 507. 

Repairs were scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. 

“They do know, and I will make it known, that if it is not followed up, I will take legal action,” McDaniel said. “They’ll have 10 days to fix it or they can come sit in front of the judge. I’m sorry they’ll have to fly out from Chicago, but it’s time for them to step up.” 

McDaniel said in a couple weeks Burlington Northern should hopefully be in the process of fixing the Water Street crossing. 

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