Riverside Drive Railroad Crossing Improvements

Project Description:
This project was developed in partnership with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad (BNSF) and installs two new concrete railroad crossing systems at the BNSF mainline track and the BNSF siding track immediately south of the mainline track to provide an ADA compliant railroad pedestrian/bike crossing and improved roadway alignment. Realigns the west and east sidewalk crossings over the tracks to reduce the skew angle and reduce risk of wheels getting caught in the gap adjacent to the track. Installs a new static signal wayside horn, LED signal lights, pedestrian bell on the NE signal mast, and pedestrian gate at the rail crossing to alert of oncoming train. Resign the vertical curve of the roadway requiring reconstruction of the sidewalk, curb, and road grade leading up to the track crossings.

Funding:
Funding for this project is through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Project Status:
The City is working with PH Consulting of Tacoma, WA. Bids were opened on May 29, 2019, and Council approved award to JAG Construction of Tulalip, WA on June 26, 2019 in the amount of $473,200.55. 

Construction should begin in approximately mid August with completion anticipated by October 2019. Work involving BNSF and city contractors will require a shutdown of Riverside Drive for 3-5 days in order to perform the railroad work (shutdown of Riverside Drive will not occur before August 20th). All efforts will be made to get the road back to normal operations as soon as feasible. Workers will keep access to local businesses open as well as keeping the businesses updated with project progress. 

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