New MRL fence is for safety, spokesman says

By: 
Liz Kearney
Montana Rail Link is installing a fence along West Front Street. 
 
The fence is meant to limit trespassing on MRL property, but more importantly, increase safety, Jim Lewis, an MRL spokesman, said Thursday in an email. 
 
The project, Lewis said, was submitted by the MRL Livingston Safety Committee because committee members have seen an increase in foot traffic in the area, particularly children. 
 
“A fence placed on our property will improve safety for Livingston residents, especially children who are more frequently crossing an active rail yard,” Lewis wrote. “The safety of our employees, the general public and our customers is the number one goal at MRL. This project could save a life, that is what matters.” 
 
The chain link fence will be 6 feet tall. 
 
Livingston Public Works Director Shannon Holmes said Wednesday the city has historically stored snow off Front Street when heavier snow years required an off-street area to push snow. Lewis said MRL was not aware of the city doing so, but would be happy to discuss alternatives with the city. 
 
And as for the likelihood of the fence catching debris driven by the wind, Lewis said MRL would take care of it. 
 
“MRL takes pride in a clean work place and will keep the area clear of garbage and other debris,” he said.
 
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Liz Kearney may be reached at lkearney@livent.net.