EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Two of the highest-traveled railroad crossings in southern Colorado are about to get a makeover.
Years of constant traffic and exposure to Colorado's famously fickle weather have worn down the crossings at Fontaine Boulevard and at Main Street in Security-Widefield. Both crossings are located just east of Highway 85/87 and are, according to BNSF Railway, by far the busiest crossings in the southern part of the state. El Paso County says they received so many complaints from citizens that they have decided to fix the crossings.
Work will begin March 5 on the Fontaine crossing and run through March 7. The following week from March 12-14 work will shift to the Main Street crossing. Work will include tearing out asphalt and concrete surrounding the tracks, removing and replacing the tracks and railroad ties, and installing the crossings back to their original elevation, the county said. Wear and tear over time has actually caused the crossings to sink.
Drivers can expect detours during that time:
- Fontaine detours: Main Street, Academy Boulevard to the north, or Mesa Ridge Parkway to the south
- Main Street detours: Fontaine Boulevard, Academy Boulevard to the north, or Mesa Ridge Parkway to the south
The county said if the weather gets in the way of the project, it'll be pushed back to May.
The project will be funded with money from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and BNSF.
"El Paso County would like to thank those who brought the bumpy railroad crossings to the attention of the Department of Public Works," the deputy public information officer for the county, Matt Steiner, wrote in a press release.