McCalla residents continue to disagree with Norfolk Southern

MCCALLA, AL (WBRC) - The fight over a train hub in west Jefferson County is again heating up. Members of the group "No Hub 4 McCalla" met Tuesday at McAdory Elementary school to prepare for an upcoming meeting with Norfolk Southern officials.

Norfolk Southern wants to build a multi-million dollar intermodal facility near McAdory Elementary School.

McCalla residents said the facility would bring noise pollution and traffic to the area, and would put school children at risk.

Norfolk Southern officials said the facility would bring jobs and an economic boost to the area.

Residents say they aren't getting straight answers from Norfolk Southern officials, and plan to ask pointed questions at a meeting Thursday in Bessemer.

"The problem is we didn't get any answers at last meeting, and we are not sure we will get any answers on this meeting as far as safety of transportation with 800 trucks coming in and out," said Terry Finch.

People who work at McAdory Elementary School say the project will negatively impact the school and the entire community.

"The concerns are the same: the children. It's like the railroad can appear and not have any pollution. We know there will be pollution," said Celia Griffin.

The meeting with representatives from Norfolk Southern will Thursday, Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Bessemer Civic Center. It is open to the public, and members of "No Hub 4 McCalla" said they plan to have a big crowd there.