Railroad crossing repairs will cause several road closures

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ROCHESTER, Minn. – Over the next several weeks, Canadian Pacific Railroad crews will be doing maintenance work on five railroad electronic signal crossings in the Rochester area.

Monday, work began on the first crossing on 6th Ave NW. Through Wednesday, the section of that road from Civic Center Dr NW to 6th Ave NW will be closed. Once that work is done, crews will begin working on the next crossing.

According to Rochester Public Works, storm water runoff was getting into the signal boxes causing them to malfunction.

Megan Moeller with public works ensures that the crossings themselves are however safe. She explains the malfunction would cause the arm to default into a safe position and automatically close, whether at train was coming or not. This did cause some confusion for motorists.

“People were starting to think that the signals were never right; they were signaling a non-existent train and [they] were making some poor decision at times to go around the arms,” Moeller says.  She explains that the signals do still work when there is actually a train coming, which is why going around the arms is extremely dangerous.

Road Closures for Railroad Crossing Repairs:

  • September 19 – 21: 6th Avenue NW from Civic Center Drive NW to 6th Street NW
  • September 22 – 24: 4th Avenue NW from Civic Center Drive NW to 5th Street NW
  • September 26 – 28: Broadway Avenue from Civic Center Drive NE to 5th Street North
  • September 26 – 28: 1st Avenue NW from Civic Center Drive NE to 5th Street NW
  • October 3 – 7: West Silver Lake Drive from between Civic Center Drive NE to 7th Street NE

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