rail crossing closed

By Thursday morning piles of asphalt blocked what had been the busy railroad crossing in front of Bryant’s Collision. (Photo/Diane Glidewell)

There are now only three places for vehicles to cross railroad tracks in Forsyth instead of four after the crossing on Indian Springs Drive was permanently closed on Jan. 8. Forsyth city council listened to the pleas of residents and businesses to keep the crossing open after Norfolk Southern and Georgia Department of Transportation asked to close the crossing in 2018, even filing a suit in June 2019 to stop the closing, but Norfolk Southern and DOT got their way.

In return for dropping the suit, the railroad agreed to make some improvements to the crossings at North Lee Street and Tift College Drive by 2022. The city’s other crossing, which Norfolk Southern also initially asked to close, is at Main Street.