WOODHAVEN, Mich. (WXYZ) - The traffic jam inside the Andy’s Coney Island in Woodhaven pales to the gridlock outside, especially when the train rolls in nearby. The frequent train delays at Allen Road near Van Horn have residents looking for a long term answer. Mayor Patricia Odette wants to see an underpass after thousands of residents tell her the train is putting life at a standstill.
“One time it broke, down, it was four or five hours, that was the worst." said Susan Taylor, who works near the track, "Four to five hours!”
“It used to be they paid a fine if they blocked that long." said Woodhaven resident Sandy Crossley, "And it sounds like it’s no longer in the books anymore.”
“They can block the tracks up to six to eight hours, according to the new laws.” said Odette. “Our residents cannot reach the trauma two hospital which is located on the other side of this train. It’s a matter of life and death now.”
The city of Woodhaven says an underpass will cost $30 million, and it hopes to secure that money from different sources. Mayor Odette says the city is applying for a $15 million dollar TIGER grant from the federal government. The city already has $10 million in a federal earmark. The city says if the grant is secured, residents could see the underpass in about three years.
The city has also started a petition for residents who are in favor of applying for the $15 million TIGER grant.