Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Jan. 26, 2012
VDOT ADDS CAUTION SIGN AT GAINESVILLE RR CROSSING
A reminder to keep the railroad crossing clear in Gainesville.
GAINESVILLE—In light of two recent crashes involving vehicles and Norfolk Southern trains on southbound Route 29 in Gainesville, the Virginia Department of Transportation has placed a portable message sign reminding motorists not to block the railroad crossing while waiting at a red light or when traffic is backed up.
“We are also looking into other options to enhance safety at this crossing,” said VDOT district construction engineer Helen Cuervo.
The accidents occurred Dec. 9 and Jan. 20. Both took place during the evening rush hour on southbound Route 29.
The at-grade railroad crossings in Gainesville will be eliminated once two new overpasses are constructed. Earlier this month, Route 29 and Linton Road traffic was shifted onto new detour roads to allow crews to begin construction of the overpasses.
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