When new development caused freight train traffic to rise nearly 7800% at a rural location in southwestern Wisconsin, local officials studied ways to improve a grade crossing used by 10,000-12,000 vehicles a day. Among the complicating factors, traffic tends to travel well above the posted 35 mph speed; the trains are more frequent and longer; and the crossing is hidden by a grade. The only safety devices at the crossing before, flashing lights, were removed before the new plant was built because of lack of train activity. In addition, a trailer park is located with 50 yards of the crossing, posing potential human exposure to hazards from the ethanol that the trains are often carrying. The solution was a new StopGate Vehicle Arresting System, which provides positive, crashworthy protection by means of a gate arm and a positive locking device at each end of the arm to prevent vehicles from driving around. The manufacturer claims that some 130,000 train movements and 30 vehicles have passed through crossings protected by this type of gate without incident. The gate also attracts the attention of drivers and makes them more aware of the dangers the crossing poses.

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    Public Works Journal Corporation

    200 South Broad Street
    Ridgewood, NJ  United States  07451
  • Publication Date: 2003-7


  • English

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 42-44
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  • Accession Number: 00961147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM