Unused train tracks were a nuisance

I was wondering why the city of Medford decided to remove those old railroad tracks that cross Fir Street and go into the Budge McHugh yard?

I know trains haven't used those in years, but why not just leave them alone as a remnant of Medford's rich railroad history?

— Dan D., Medford

Well, Dan, one man's rich remnant sometimes can become another man's headache, or foot ache for that matter.

Corey Crebbin, Medford's public works director, says the railroad tracks have caused problems for Fir Street and its users for years, and they needed to go.

The tracks cause a rough ride for motorists, lead to warping of the road surface, and pose a tripping hazard to pedestrians, Crebbin says.

The tracks were not in the railroad right of way and were "essentially abandoned," which meant they fell into the city's responsibility.

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