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Fort Worth to Discuss Railroad Improvement Project

The City of Fort Worth is scheduled to discuss the purchase of a section of land that would allow them to improve area railways.

For years, the only way out of the Rock Island neighborhood was through railroad crossings. Because of train congestion, trains would idle and block every crossing for hours several times per week.

Last year, neighborhood officials closed the train crossing at Peach Street after children were climbing over and under trains to get to school.

A $100 million railroad improvement project — called Tower 55 — underway in Fort Worth will add tracks and reduce train traffic, giving residents like Rock Island's a safe way out of their neighborhood.

City leaders will vote on buying the section of land in the 1300 block of East 3rd Street Tuesday night.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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