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Port Of Coos Bay Upgrades Railroad Crossings
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is proceeding with a project to upgrade two railroad crossings in downtown Reedsport to improve safety. A Railworks Track Systems Incorporated team is scheduled to begin moving equipment on Monday, September 30th, into downtown Reedsport for the first phase of the project at the Umpqua Avenue, or Highway 38, crossing. Starting Friday, October 11th through Monday, October 14th, the road will be closed at the rail line and traffic diverted while the crew installs new crossing panels, ties, rail and paving.
The construction team will then begin work at the Winchester Avenue crossing, closing the road from Friday, October 18th, through Monday, October 21st, to install crossing panels, ties, rail and paving. The project also involves the installation of a new crossing signal system at each highway/rail line intersection to improve traffic control and safety. This includes flasher gate crossing signals equipped with L.E.D. flashers, electronic bells and gates, along with a train detection system. The signal system work at both crossings will not require any additional road closures. All work is scheduled to be completed by October 29th.
The Port and Coos Bay Rail Link urge drivers to obey construction signs and drive cautiously in the area. The grade-crossing improvement project estimated at approximately $570,000, is a
partnership effort between the Port, Coos Bay Rail Link, the Oregon Department of Transportation and city of Reedsport.