Improvements to RR Crossings on Atwood Street Set to Begin Week of Aug. 13

The City of Longmont asked HENA to share this:

The timber railroad crossings located along Atwood Street from 4th Avenue to Longs Peak Avenue have been identified for upgrade this summer in a partnership between the City of Longmont and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF).
Construction of the crossing upgrades is set to take place during the weeks of August 13, 20 and 27. This schedule is subject to change pending unforeseen conditions or weather delays.

RR Crossing Imrovment Graphic for HENA 7-30-2018
BNSF anticipates being able to complete one to two railroad crossing repairs per work week. There are a total of four scheduled railroad crossings along Atwood Street – 4th Avenue, 5th Avenue, 6th Avenue, and Longs Peak Avenue. Construction will start at the railroad crossing of Atwood and 4th Avenue and progress north. The plan is to have one intersection closed at a time; however, work may require a temporary closure of two intersections to allow for contractors to finish the crossing within the work windows allowed by BNSF. Anticipated working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Signs will be placed 72 hours in advance for no parking areas required during construction along Atwood Street and the cross streets of 4th Avenue, 5th Avenue, 6th Avenue and Longs Peak Avenue. During construction, Atwood Street will be closed to thru traffic. Access to residences as well as Columbine Elementary School will be maintained throughout the project. As construction occurs at each intersection, flaggers will be present to safely route residents to their homes and students to school.

The City and BSNF would like to thank residents in advance for their cooperation and patience as these important safety improvements are made to the railroad crossings. From more information and updates throughout the project, visit bit.ly/rr-crossings or call 303-651-8416.
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Project Background: In 2017, City staff were notified of a dangerous situation occurring on the live railroad track crossing of 4th Avenue and Atwood Street where a pedestrian in a wheel chair was caught in a gap between the existing timbers. After the incident, City staff immediately started working with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) staff to perform an emergency temporary fill on the gaps in the crossing timber and signed an agreement to permanently address the unsafe intersections along Atwood Street.