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Railroad maintenance leaves Burgess, MO residents trapped in their neighborhood

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Railroad maintenance leaves some residents in Burgess, Missouri trapped in their neighborhood.

Burgess resident Sharon Brown has been unable to leave her neighborhood all day.

"You kind of take it for granted that you can come and go as you please and then suddenly, when you can't, you feel trapped," Brown said. "It's almost claustrophobic."

Brown attempted to go to her grandson's football game and she was forced to turn around.

33rd Street and 35th Street, the only entry ways into and out of her neighborhood were completely blocked by railroad maintenance.

"We were not notified at all to make plans or anything," Brown said. "We're just trapped."

Brown says there are nine homes on her side of the track.

Many of her neighbors also had to cancel plans and appointments during the more than seven hours the roads were closed.

"They need to plan for emergencies," Brown said. "How would a fire truck get here?"

Contractors at the site say the maintenance work is necessary to prevent derailments.

"If it wasn't done, it would do damage to people's vehicles," said Kenneth Miller, CWW Contractors.  "We had a lot of calls to KCS complaining their tires were blown out because crossings were so rough."

Other area residents say while it does bring a temporary inconvenience to the town, it is important to remember the safety that it will bring in the long run.

"Kansas City Southern is keeping the maintenance on their railroad tracks, which I think is a really wonderful thing," said Shelly Keith, resident. "Sure it might inconvenience a few people a little bit, but for the safety of others and for the guys that are on those trains, I think it's good."

"I'm glad they're making it safe for everybody, but I would like them to consider the nine homes on this side of the track that need to get in and out in the future," Brown said.

Crews believed there was an alternate exit open, but residents say that road was on private property, gated and locked.

All maintenance work on the railroad crossings in Burgess has now been completed and 33rd Street and 35th Street are now open to traffic.
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