May 13, 2008

Forestville Center's rail crossing slated for replacement

The railroad crossing in Forestville, long considered a hazard by city officials, is likely to be reconstructed next spring.
Mayor Art Ward said Tuesday that the federal government is shelling out $904,000 to replace the existing crossing with one that includes gates that would help keep cars off the tracks.
“It’s real good news,” Ward said.
The state Department of Transportation has long eyed the crossing as a potential hazard, but it always took a back seat to more pressing problems with other railroad crossings in the region, including at least two in Bristol that have been redone in the past 15 years.
Ward said, though, that the Forestville crossing made it to the top of the list without opposition.
He said that bids for the design work should go out in June and the project itself is slated for completion during a three month period next spring.
The mayor said that the construction work won’t interfere with business access to the nearby Nuchies restaurant, Ultimate Wireforms or other establishments in the area.
City officials pointed out the crossing’s problems during a trip along the Guilford Rail line this spring.
Its most notable problem are misaligned or bent plates that can give a passing vehicle quite a jolt.
But officials have worried more keenly about the traffic lights so close by that might someday cause a car – or even a school bus – to get trapped on the tracks as a train approaches.
The new gates should help prevent the problem, assuming the technical issues with the lights can be worked out properly.



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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The guys at Allied Sanitation are going to love that. Just like they love all Nuchie's customers parked in the area (along the tracks) that used to be a fire lane.

Anonymous said...

It's about time. Every time I drive over those tracks my shocks get a beating.

Tim Gamache said...

Great news.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah great news Gamache. Now the traffic can go even faster through there. Who cares!

Anonymous said...

Another waste of the taxpayer's money, lining the pockets of contractors and gov't workers during a recession. BAD NEWS!

Anonymous said...

"Another waste of the taxpayer's money, lining the pockets of contractors and gov't workers during a recession. BAD NEWS!"

Who said the work is being paid by taxpayers and is going to be done by govt workers? Aren't you jumping to conclusions?

Anonymous said...

"Who said the work is being paid by taxpayers and is going to be done by govt workers? Aren't you jumping to conclusions?"

-You forgot "contractors".

-Who in the heck do you think pays for these things? I hope you don't vote. If you do, please do not anymore, you're too clue-less.

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding 9:51? This blog has some serious Olympic contenders when it comes to jumping to conclusions and running off their mouths! Hell, if they gave out medals for juvenile behavior and negative thinking, I'm pretty sure we'd be bringing home the gold.