Johnson County, Franklin, Greenwood and Whiteland were awarded $4.3 million federal grant to update up to 17 railroad crossings – but that money cannot be used until 2020.
A railroad crossing arm costs $250,000 to replace.
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers says it's unacceptable that the burden has been placed on municipalities to make sure these crossings are safe.
“I’m trying to work with our congressman and senators to change the way the laws are written to make the railroad more liable to upgrade the crossings as well,” said Mayor Myers. “I’m working with the National Republican Mayor’s Caucus.”
Myers says he plans to take petition signatures to Washington D.C. in March to make his point about the safety upgrades.