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Closures at Blairs Ferry and 42nd Street for Railroad Crossing Replacement

Closures at Blairs Ferry and 42nd Street for Railroad Crossing Replacement

The Canadian National Railroad is in the process of replacing the rails and driving surface between the tracks at Blairs Ferry Road NE. Blairs Ferry remains closed just east of I-380.

Railroad crews have been working since October 16. Work will be completed late Friday, October 20, with Blairs Ferry expected to reopen on Saturday morning.

Railroad tracks, ties, and section of adjoining pavement have been removed and new ties and tracks have been successfully installed and leveled; the first layer of new asphalt has also been completed. Their crews are conducting test runs on the new tracks. Final work includes the installation of rubber crossing tiles between the tracks, final asphalt surfacing, and final inspections.

A reminder to the public: 42nd Street NE will be closed at the railroad tracks just east of I-380, starting on Monday, October 23, 2017, in the morning, to allow the Canadian National Railroad to perform the same work. The Cedar Valley Nature Trail will also be closed north of 42nd Street. The Canadian National Railroad will complete the replacement of the crossings in approximately five (5) days, weather permitting. All interstate ramps will remain open.

Detour routes during the 42nd Street closure include:

  • Eastbound traffic to use the northbound interstate frontage road to Collins Road interchange, east to Center Point Road and south to 42nd Street. 
  • Westbound traffic to go north on Center Point Road to Collins Road, taking southbound interstate frontage road 42nd Street. 
  • Traffic is encouraged to find alternate routes.

Rendering of detour

*Additional Program Background
These closures and the work are conducted by the Canadian National Railroad. The funding for these replacements was made available only this year. The state administers the federal dollars for crossing repairs, and timing of improvement is based on when funding becomes available. These projects are typically applied for years in advance.
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