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Railroad Crossing Improvements Slated to Begin in October

Contact: City Communications |

​Beginning Monday, October 3, Kansas & Oklahoma (K&O) Railroad will start maintenance work on their tracks east of the Arkansas River and south of Lincoln.

The project is slated to take approximately eight to 10 weeks, dependent on weather. Because of the work, streets at several of the railroad crossings will be closed to through traffic while K&O works on them. Santa Fe and St. Francis Streets will be the first to be worked on, with work progressing west.

The impacted railroad crossings are along the Bayley Corridor including the following streets: Santa Fe, Saint Francis, Emporia, Topeka, Broadway, Market and Main Streets.

The maintenance on the crossings will improve the drivability of the crossings for residents as well as fix damage to the tracks and upgrade materials.

The City will use the closures as an opportunity to make repairs to the street approaches and sidewalks that immediately abut the tracks in order to provide a better driving experience for motorists and safer facilities for pedestrians.

Message boards will be put up in the area prior to the crossing closures.

Rubble from removal of existing tracks will likely be stored along the track area, but will be removed from the site before completion of the overall project.

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