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Paynesville Press - Sept. 5, 2001

Railroad crossing to be closed on Washburne

By Linda Stelling

The north end of Washburne Avenue will be closed for at least 10 days in September as work is done to upgrade the railroad intersection by AMPI. Work is scheduled to start on Monday, Sept. 10.

According to Jim Krieger, an en-gineer with the Canadian Pacific Railroad, repairmen will do two days of work before closing the crossing to traffic on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The upgrade work includes removing the wooden railroad ties and replacing them with a concrete crossing bed.

Traffic is planned to be detoured for 10 days from Wednesday, Sept. 12, to Friday, Sept. 21. The end date for the project is tentative.

According to Ron Mergen, public works director for the city of Paynesville, local traffic will be detoured east on Highway 23 and will use Minnie Street to get north of town or to the Industrial Park.

Many truckers use Washburne Avenue as their regular route as their loads are too large to go under the railroad bridge on Highway 23 east of Paynesville. They will be able to use neither route during the railroad intersection closure.

Truck traffic to Highway 23 will be detoured around Paynesville using Highway 55, County Road 130, 185th Street, and County Road 33.

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