Union Pacific Railroad recently approached the City of Sedalia to request removal of pedestrian crossings at three locations, citing safety concerns.

At Monday night's City Council meeting, it was agreed to eradicate the crossings at Lamine, Quincy and Prospect. Barricades have since been erected on both sides of the track at Prospect to discourage any pedestrians from crossing there.

City Administrator Kelvin Shaw said that the crossings presented an “undue safety hazard with no signalization.” He added that there is a safe place to cross within a block of each location.

According to the City Council's agenda, maintaining the pedestrian crossings provided “a false sense of security for pedestrians and thereby putting them in undue danger.”

Several vehicular crossings were closed years ago by Union Pacific in the Sedalia area, again citing safety concerns.

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