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June 18, 2014

3 days of jams, detours near Valley span

— RIVERSIDE — The 12,000 motorists who use the Danville-Riverside Bridge face detours for 72 hours as Canadian Pacific makes upgrades on a railroad crossing in Riverside this weekend.

“It’s been something we’ve been planning for some time now,” said Ed Greenberg, spokesman 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 bridge crossing the Susquehanna River will be reduced to one lane around 6 p.m. Friday, with plans to open again at 6 p.m. Monday.

During the work, motorists will be able to travel from Riverside to Danville, but not from Danville to Riverside. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through.

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 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 tracks go through a rigorous inspection program, and at no point did it pose a danger to trains, Greenberg said.

The upgrade is being done mainly to benefit vehicles crossing the tracks.

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

 

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