Railroad crossing to be upgraded

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 5/16/01.

Traffic will be detoured for a week this summer on Washburne Avenue when Canadian Pacific Railway upgrades the railroad crossing. The project is a joint effort between the city and railroad.

The project was originally scheduled for the 2003 construction season, but since Canadian Pacific has crews working on the line in the Paynesville area this summer, the project was moved up. The Highway 22 rail crossing in Eden Valley was upgraded earlier this month.

The project involves removing the existing crossing, reconstructing the rail and ties through the crossing area, and installing concrete and rubber through the roadway and shoulder area.

Low bidder on the project materials was Omni Products Inc., of McHenry, Ill. Cost of materials came to $21,240. The city of Paynesville will cover the cost of the materials and detour supervision. Railroad crews will be doing all the work.

Ron Mergen, public works director, said the city has money available for the project in its capital improvement fund.

The exact dates of construction are unknown. It is anticipated to be done in late summer.

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