Editorial: Growing trails conceal even greater hazards

Trails are growing in popularity, especially as they begin to link portions of communities in such a way that people can use them as a route to run errands without a motor vehicle.

But as this network expands, walkers, joggers and bicyclists will encounter hazards that motorists long have faced, such as railroad crossings.

In Greenwood, new railroad crossing arms will protect residents on two major east-west roads, whether they’re driving, jogging or pedaling on their bikes.

A railroad company will put crossing arms at Stop 18 Road, build a bigger crossing at Worthsville Road and install separate crossing arms on new trails that will be added to Worthsville Road as part of a $19 million road project. The new pedestrian crossing arms will be a first in Johnson County, Greenwood community development services director Mark Richards said.

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