Residents win battle to keep road open in small community

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GRANITE CITY, MO (KTVI)-- The battle to keep a road open in a small Madison County community is over. Residents were worried about the closure of Morrison Road and how it would create safety hazards for the community. All of it occurred after Union Pacific moved to expand rails in the Tanktown area.

After more than a year of meetings and battles, the community is getting a new $3 million road. Madison County Board Member Helen Hawkins and homeowner Sue Archer are pleased with the outcome.

"We have a lot of people in wheel chairs, a lot of seniors. It was a safety issue and I am pleased that we came to a settlement of this," said Hawkins.

"I am glad for the safety road that they promised and hope it goes through. Now we can get our ambulance police department when we need out here," said Archer.

The road will run from Pontoon to Morrison Road across a soy field. Construction could start as early as next spring.

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