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June 18, 2014

Riverside railroad crossing repairs needed for traffic, not trains

RIVERSIDE — Upgrades at a railroad crossing at the Danville-Riverside Bridge which supports 12,000 vehicles a day have been long planned between PennDOT and railroad owner Canadian Pacific.

“It’s been something we’ve been planning for some time now,” said Ed Greenberg, director of external affairs for Canadian Pacific Railroad, which owns and maintains the crossing. “We regularly do patchwork, repair work at a crossing, (and) that is something that has been taking place for some time now at this location.”

The existing surface along the crossing and the rail and ties will be replaced with new rail, ties, asphalt surface and concrete panels.

“It was determined that this crossing required a complete upgrade,” Greenberg said. “We regret any inconvenience to motorists, but at the end of the day it will be an improved road surface for motorists.”

The bridge will be reduced to one lane at about 6 p.m. Friday, with plans to open again at 6 p.m. Monday. During the work, traffic will be able to travel from Riverside to Danville, but drivers will not be allowed to use the bridge to enter Riverside. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through the detour if necessary.

Detours will be in effect for eastbound Route 54 traffic using Routes 11, 42 and 487. Westbound Route 54 traffic will use South D&H Avenue, Chestnut Street and North D&H Avenue. Heavy congestion is expected during the construction period.

The tracks go through a rigorous inspection program, and at no point did it pose a danger to trains, Greenberg said. The upgrade is mainly being done to benefit vehicles crossing the tracks.

“This will provide improved road surface for motorists for some time,” Greenberg said.

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