Terrace, British Columbia: CN shuts crossing after close-call

12 Jun

Frank Street, Terrace, BC AHB level crossing and adjacent highway intersection. Source: Google Earth

Frank Street, Terrace, BC AHB level crossing and adjacent highway intersection. Source: Google Earth

One week after a June 4th, 2013 incident at the Frank Street at the automatic half-barrier level crossing in Terrace in which a truck was nearly hit by a train, Canadian National (CN) moved in to close the crossing to road traffic.

The closure of the Frank Street level crossing is in response to an order issued by Transport Canada, the safety regulator, said statements released by the City of Terrace and CN on June 11th, 2013. The crossing in question has been a concern for nearly twenty years and was upgraded to automatic half-barrier status in 1996. Subsequently, CN modified the crossing with a move to a predictor-based constant warning time.

However, says the CN statement, “Transport Canada continues to have concerns and has recommended that further steps need to be taken by the City of Terrace to improve the safety around the Frank St. crossing such as signs limiting the length of trucks at the crossing and enhanced policing”.

The closure of the Frank Street level crossing leaves Terrace with the Kenney Street level crossing and the Sande road-over-rail bridge as routes across the railway. There are community concerns that the closure of the Frank Street level crossing and the extended closures to road traffic of the Kenney Street level crossing, a function of train operating practice, will concentrate more traffic on the one bridge with resultant traffic congestion backing-up.

No estimate has been provided of the period for which the Frank Street level crossing will be closed to road traffic.

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