Claremore, OK: City moves to take leading role in resolving crossing problems

27 May

Claremore is bisected by Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) which cross at-grade and 19 level crossings across which BNSF and UP trains sometimes stop as they wait their turn to cross their competitors tracks.

Now, despite previous attempts to grade-separate the BNSF and UP tracks, the city wants to play a leading role in finding a collaborative way ahead with the objective of securing arrangements that end the routine blocking of level crossings and the associated extended journey times for emergency response and non-urgent users of the city’s streets. In a practical sense, this means that there will be the need for substantial federal and state funding sitting alongside contributions from the city and both BNSF and UP.

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