Pittsburg Partially Closes Broadway To Update Railroad Crossing - KOAM TV 7

Pittsburg Partially Closes Broadway To Update Railroad Crossing


One of Pittsburg's busiest streets will be partially closed over the weekend. The railroad tracks at Broadway and Carlton will get a facelift, causing motorist to use alternative routes until Monday.

Hair stylist Marta Bolinger says the railroad tracks outside of Salon Savvy have been a problem for her customers for years. Not only are these tracks more than 30 years old, and in need of an upgrade, but the rails themselves make for a bumpy ride down Broadway.

"They thought it was maybe a little hard on their cars, and when they take the turn, off of here on to Broadway, that it was a little rugged for them," Bolinger said.
And according to the city, Bolinger's customers aren't the only ones with complaints. The Pittsburg Public Works Director says many motorists call in to complain about the condition and ride of these tracks. But not for much longer. The railroad company says it will replace the tracks this weekend, beginning tonight at 11 PM, aiming to leave a smooth ride for motorist come 7 Monday morning.

"We're bringing in all of our forces to do this weekend…twenty four hours a day until it's done," said the Vice President of CDL Railroad Construction John McBride.  

According to the City, Broadway is one of it's busiest streets, with over 12,000 cars passing the Railroad tracks every day. Which is why the Director of Pittsburg Public Works, Bill Beasly, says in addition to switching from wood ties to a concrete base, the Railroad will also add additional crossing guards. All in the name of public safety.

"What they'll do is, they will be able to put crossing guards and lights there also, so not only are we going to improve the traffic, or the grade crossing surface, but we'll also improve the safety of the crossing," Beasly said.
The City says it will post signs to inform the public that businesses like Salon Savvy will remain open for business through the weekend. And Bolinger says she's already informed her customer's of an alternative route in the meantime. 

"They'll have to go up Quincy, and then go up pine and come around to the backside of Salon Savvy," Bolinger said.
But Bolinger says two days of alternate routes will be worth it for a smooth ride for motorists cruising down Broadway. 

The city of Pittsburg is suggesting motorist use Quincy street as a detour -- and will post signs this evening. For a list of detours, click here.


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