SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield Councilman Robert Bengivenga asked the South Plainfield Mayor and Council to support a resolution demanding Conrail fix the three main rail crossings in South Plainfield. According to Bengivenga he has received a number of complaints over the past few months, and the crossings have become a hazard.
“All three crossings are terrible, but New Brunswick Avenue is the worst,” said Bengivenga. “You have to come to a complete stop when travelling over this rail crossing, and traffic backs up past New Market Avenue. It’s a real hazard and must be fixed.”
The rail crossings that Bengivenga discussed are at Front Street, Clinton Avenue and New Brunswick Avenue. These rails, known as the Lehigh Valley Line, are operated by Conrail.
“I believe the rail road tracks have reached the point of being a major safety concern,” said Council President Derryck White. “Whether it is because vehicles have to come to slow crawl to cross the tracks or due to the potential damage to motorist's undercarriage this is a problem that has to get fixed. An undercarriage issue can go undetected and become a major safety issue, I applaud Councilman Bengivenga for taking the lead on this issue.”
The South Plainfield Borough Council is expected to take up a resolution requesting action from Conrail sometime in the coming month.