Workers begin reconstruction of North McDonough Railroad crossing

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 10, 2017

The railroad crossing near Decatur High Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The city of Decatur says that work has begun on a project to reconstruct the North McDonough Railroad crossing.

The bigger project will involve updates to the crossings at Candler and McDonough Streets, an announcement from the city says.

The work will include pedestrian and cyclist safety improvements, with “gentler slopes” on the north side of both crossings. That will make it more accessible for people in wheelchairs or people using strollers. It will be a “much safer route located outside the railroad crossing gates for pedestrians and bicyclists.” Currently, pedestrians and vehicles have to share the road at these crossings.

“Both crossings will include new traffic signals on both sides which will allow protected left turns on all legs of the two crossings,” the announcement from the city says.

There are no detours at the moment, but the city says road closures will be announced as needed.

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