New Dates Announced For Downtown Battle Creek Railroad Crossing Work
Canadian National Railroad has announced the final work schedule in September for the Capital Avenue SW and Elm Street crossing reconstruction projects. This is a change from previously announced dates.
Project dates are currently scheduled as follows:
Capital Avenue SW will be closed at the tracks Thursday 9/6 to Friday 9/14
Elm Street will be closed at the tracks Thursday 9/13 to Friday 9/21
Both crossings are part of Battle Creek’s railroad quiet zone, three miles of track through downtown in which trains are not required to sound routine horns as they approach city street crossings. Safety upgrades at the crossings took place to allow for this. However, train engineers are required to sound horns when workers are present.
For these crossing projects, workers currently are unloading materials and performing other work to prepare for the road closures and crossing reconstruction. Those in the areas of the crossings can expect workers at both locations from 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday, until the projects are complete.
The two projects were accepted as part of the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Rail new Local Grade Crossing Surface Program. They represent a more-than $540,000 investment in the City of Battle Creek. No city funds will be used for these improvements.
As the construction dates near, the city will release detour routes, and any other updated information on these projects.