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Pastor John Magee of Cottage Grove walks with seventh-grader Sara Calhoun as she is forced to walk in the street to cross the railroad tracks at Pullman Avenue in St. Paul Park. The newly installed sidewalk does not extend onto railroad property across the tracks (at right). Calhoun said she doesn't feel as safe in the mornings when "I'm half asleep." (Bulletin photo by Toni Lambert)

Sidewalk at Pullman Ave. rail crossing to be extended

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More than two months have passed since school opened and students who walk or bike along Pullman Avenue are still forced to move into the street as they cross the railroad tracks.

The city built a new sidewalk on the north side of Pullman Avenue as part of its 2009 Street Rehabilitation project so that students wouldn't be forced to walk in the street, but the sidewalk doesn't cover the Burlington Northern Santa Fe right-of-way.

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