Railroad Crossing Improvements

02/10/2020 Update

Work starting to wrap on the 5th Street railroad crossing. Once the concrete work finishes, crews will have to wait until later in the year for warmer weather and the opening of the asphalt plants to finish that crossing.

Those crews already completed work on 22nd, 16th, 18th, and 13th streets and their railroad crossings. 

Working with Union Pacific Railroad to get maintenance agreements for the crossings has delayed parts of the project. City officials anticipate establishing the quiet zone in late spring/summer 2020.

Along the northern railroad corridor, Great Western Railway issued the contracts for installing the crossing gates in November. Receiving the contracts so late in the year, paired with harsh winter weather, delayed construction work along that railroad until spring 2020.

Project Background

The City of Greeley is working to improve safety at local railroad crossings along the north and east railroad corridors— and implement a Quiet zone along the city’s eastern railroad corridor.

Officials are working to improve railroad crossings along Great Western’s railroad on the north side of Greeley at 11th, 14th, 35th, and 59th avenues and O Street.

And on the east side of Greeley officials are working to create a Quiet Zone along the Union Pacific Railroad. To create that Quiet Zone, the City needs to make improvements at each railroad crossing.

To obtain a quiet zone designation, Greeley must first make several changes and improvements to railroad crossings in that area to ensure drivers stay off the tracks when trains are nearby.

By default, trains are required by law to sound their horn at all crossings to alert nearby drivers and pedestrians — even if no one is around. However, with a quiet zone designation, trains are only required to sound their horns in the case of an emergency — such as a person or car on the tracks.

Contact Us!

Project Manager

Tom Hellen
970-350-9793
tom.hellen@greeleygov.com

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