2nd Ave. East to Close, New Signal at 3rd Ave. East
No longer will motorists be able to travel over the railroad crossing at 2nd Avenue East in Pine City. Pine City, Pine County, St. Croix Valley Railroad and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have come to an agreement to shut down the crossing at 2nd Avenue East and upgrade the signal at the 3rd Avenue East railroad crossing. Pine County Coordinator Mark LeBrun says the reason for the changes is safety.
MN/DOT project manager Paul DeLaRosa says because of the proximity of the two crossings, it makes sense to close one and keep the other. He calls crossings like these “redundant crossings,” adding that it is necessary to stay proactive to avoid potential tragic situations.
No trains are currently using the tracks that run through the crossings because of the shut down of the Snake River Bridge. The bridge recently received $750,000 for renovations, which are expected to finish in October. DeLaRosa says the goal is to complete the rail crossings before the bridge is done.
MN/DOT will contribute $78,000 to the project, said DeLaRosa. He also said the St. Croix Valley Railroad is contributing $7,500 and will remove the crossing surface and rail at 2nd Avenue. DeLaRosa expects the work to have minimal impact on traffic in the area.
Work is expected to begin on the project towards the end of September.