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Since You Asked: Railroad unaware of bumpy ride

I regularly drive on Fir Street and am astonished at the poor condition of the railroad spur crossing on Fir just north of Barnett Road. Most drivers slow to a crawl and weave their way through the assortment of potholes and jutting pavement.

It seems to me the city has said in the past that it's a private line and not the city's responsibility, but it's a city street, isn't it? The city should either fix it or make the business fix it — and soon.

— Robert L., Medford

This opportunity to practice patience has been brought to you by the Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad, Robert.

Medford Public Works Director Cory Crebbin said that particular rail crossing is not a city street. It's a tax lot owned by the railroad. He said public works notified the railroad a couple years ago after receiving numerous complaints, but never received a response.

So we talked with Patrick Kerr, assistant general manager of engineering with CORP, and he said it was the first he'd heard of it. He said typically on city streets the railroad is responsible for the pavement in between the track and two feet outside the track, and sometimes repairs are a joint effort between the railroad and the city. To report problems around tracks, call Patrick, 541-957-2509. He said CORP will investigate any complaints.

"We want to be good neighbors with the cities, it's just sometimes we have to coordinate a lot of these efforts," he said.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to youasked@mailtribune.com.