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Last updated 6/24/2020 at 10:14am

Photos by G. Connor Salter

This pole stuck in a concrete pad was located next to the intersection of Hwy. 85/87 and Main Street in Security. It had been there in this position for nearly 12 months. Recently one of our readers called our office to ask whether we knew why this unattractive material remained here after last year's railroad crossing work. This particular project took place in June 2019, when BNSF replaced the tracks while the El Paso County Department of Public Works replaced road and sidewalks around the crossing. Public Works had partnered with BNSF Railway to replace worn railway tracks in two railroad crossings in the area (the other was at Fontaine Boulevard).

We contacted the Public Works about the debris on June 9. Ellen Heaverlo, office manager, responded the same day and explained the debris falls within BNSF's right-of-way. Heaverlo also said her department contacted BNSF after hearing our request. We contacted two BNSF representatives for comment, but neither responded. However, the debris disappeared just days later, as you can see in the photo at right taken June 17.

So, no exact answers as to why the materials were there so long, but now we can say, "so long" to them.

Do you have questions about oddities around the community? Is there something bothering you that you think is important? Email us at [email protected] or call 382-5611.

Photos by G. Connor Salter


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