YAKIMA SOFTENS ITS RAILROAD CROSSINGS

The railroad town of Yakima, Washington was besieged with problems resulting from the numerous tracks which intersect its main streets. After continued complaints from motorists with damaged auto alignments, from fruit shippers with damaged products, etc., Yakima decided to construct a railroad underpass on one main arterial, and overpasses on two others. However, after receiving complaints from businesses that would be negatively affected, and realizing the costliness of the project, the city abandoned it in favor of another: the installation of rubberized at-grade railroad crossings. The advantages of this plan included lower costs, smoothness resulting in greater safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and no adverse effects on adjacent businesses. The railroads agreed to the plan with the city providing the finances. Relocation of many utilities such as power poles, fire hydrants, catch basins, etc., had to be done, as well as street work including replacement of pavements, loading docks, and sidewalks. Time consuming negotiations with the railroads caused delays, as well as late arrivals of track crews and material, and other factors such as weather and the Christmas shopping period. However, when the following spring finally saw the completion of all the crossings, everyone affected was completely satisfied. Slowing down at each crossing is no longer necessary, and the longer life span of the rubber crossings insures that track maintenance crews will not be needed for at least fifteen years.

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    Public Works Journal Corporation

    P.O. Box 688
    Ridgewood, NJ  United States  07451
  • Authors:
    • Vargas, D J
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

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  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 110-112
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  • Accession Number: 00260642
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM