"There's way too many people crossing the tracks, and it's dangerous. I mean, how many people have to die?" asked Shane Rudy.
Mr. Rudy lost his son in June. That's when authorities say Cody Christensen was killed while crossing railroad tracks at the closed crossing near the corner of West Old Lincoln Highway and North Carey Avenue.
Mr. Rudy says new railroad track fencing will help protect others who don't fully realize the danger.
"When those trains are coming down the tracks, it, it doesn't even look like it's coming very fast, but once it gets there, it's amazing how fast those things are going by, and it just, when you see the light coming you can't tell how fast that thing is going, and you know, that's, that's very scary," he explained.
Union Pacific Railroad has announced it will install three lengthy sections of six-foot-high fencing in Grand Island. The company will pay for the materials and installation, but the City of Grand Island will fund the fence's maintenance.
The first area slated for fencing is the downtown railyard that runs from the Burlington Northern (BNSF) overpass to Pine Street, with a break along the way for the Oak Street crossing.
City officials say the black, barred fence will have advantages over wall-type barriers.
"When you have a solid fence, it becomes a canvas for graffiti. It also is unsightly. It creates a physical barrier between one part of town and the other," Grand Island city attorney Bob Sivick said.
The initial downtown section is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. Additional sections to be installed later will run from Lincoln Avenue to the Highway 30 overpass.