Tag Archives: Crossing closure

Biloxi, MS: -6+2 = a good deal

7 Feb

Biloxi’s city administration is working with CSX to determine how the number of level crossings in the city can be reduced and traffic flow improved. With 29 level crossings across the city the preferred outcome would see six or more crossings eliminated with two replacement crossings constructed.

The new crossings would be located on the planned extensions of Popp’s Ferry Road and Pine Street. At present the specific crossings targeted for elimination have still to be identified. However, with 20 level crossings in the east of the city between Porter Avenue and Oak Street this CSX corridor looks most likely to deliver options for closures sufficient to justify the new level crossings.

 

 

Now road traffic counts are on-going, the results of which when combined with accident histories should lead to the identification of specific crossings for closure.

Sioux City, IA: Funding a rail-over-road bridge

8 Apr

With planning well underway, now is the time to secure funding for a new rail-over-road grade separation that will allow three Hoeven Valley level crossings to be closed. It has been revealed that USD20.7 million is needed for this project with USD 14.8 millionth be sought from federal funds, with the balance to be raised locally. If funding can be secured, work on the ground could start in around a year’s time.

El Paso, TX: Residents want quiet zone and to keep crossings open

2 Oct

El Paso quiet zoneLXinfoImage350-TrainhornsThe El Paso “Five Points quiet zone” project is predicated on eliminating four level crossings (Elm, Birch, maple, Cedar) and upgrading those that remain, with the project scheduled for completion early in 2016.

Although the works to complete the scheme have a way to run there are community concerns that the price they are paying for the quiet zone is too much and that already they are experiencing traffic delays with the diversions around the three of the four permanent closures already implemented. This is exacerbated by the temporary closure of one of the level crossings that are set to remain.

As always, the regulatory position is that the routine sounding of train horns stops when the scheme is delivered and inspected to confirm that the works are fit for purpose.

Santa Fe Springs, CA: State’s most dangerous crossing to be eliminated

22 Sep

LXinfoImage1294-Rosecrans Santa Fe SpringsPlanning is underway to eliminate what is considered to be California’s most dangerous level crossing. The project calls for either a highway¬†underpass or overpass to replace the level crossing which diagonally straddles the Rosecrans Avenue – Marquardt Avenue intersection. subject to the necessary approvals and funding being available construction could start in 2018. The crossing is used by some 130 trains and 45,000 road vehicles daily.

The USD 130 million project to take Rosecrans Avenue under or over the railway is still being designed and four options are being assessed with public meetings on September 30th the next step.

Farmland, IN: Collision with stranded car on closed level crossing

22 Sep

A motorist has been issued a citation by police following his attempt to cross the railway at a level crossing which is presently closed and for which a posted diversion is in place. As a result, the motorist’s car was stranded at the site of the temporarily closed level crossing. The incident on the Main Street level crossing which occurred at about 22.00 on September 18th, 2015 saw the driver exit his stranded vehicle before it was hit by a train.

Shreveport, LA: Crossing closure to give hotel guests a good night’s sleep

8 Jan

The level crossing on Lake Street between Commerce Street to Clyde Fant Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic pending introduction of a quiet zone. The closure which is effective from January 15th, 2015 is necessary to ensure that guests staying in an adjacent hotel can sleep without it being interrupted by train horns announcing the approach of a train.