MOUNT VERNON—Driving over the railroad crossings on Riverside Drive in Mount Vernon ranks closely with root canals and dial-up internet on many Mount Vernon drivers’ lists of most aggravating life experiences.
However, beginning next Monday September 23, a thorough renovation of the crossings will provide local vehicles with some much needed suspension relief.
Smoother crossings at the main line, as well as the nearby “spur” crossing, are planned; along with significant pedestrian and safety improvements at the same location.
“Our drivers are definitely going to notice an improvement at this crossing,” Mount Vernon Public Works Director Esco Bell said. “Coordination of this project has been no simple task.”
The project represents several months of planning and synchronization between the City, the City’s contractor, and BNSF Railway; and will require a street closure of up to 5-days next week in order to complete the work. Riverside Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic from Alder Lane to Fir Street, with a detour route planned. Access to all businesses along the route will remain open.
“The public has been very understanding about all of the infrastructure improvements that are taking place around town,” Bell added. “We are really pushing to do all that we can before the weather changes for the worse. The good news is that this project will begin just as all of the current work on Riverside is wrapped up.”
The project is fully funded through the Federal Highway Administration at a cost of $473,200, and the work will take place from Monday September 23rd to Friday September 27th.