Fayetteville To Upgrade Railroad Crossing Signalization On Dickson Street

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Drawings for Dickson Street railroad crossing upgrades.

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- The Fayetteville City Council approved a cost-sharing agreement with the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad to upgrade the railroad crossing on Dickson Street in downtown Fayetteville Thursday (Nov. 6).

The upgrades will include gates for both foot and vehicle traffic.

According to documents approved during Thursday’s city council meeting, the projected cost of the material and labor needed for the upgrades is about $500,000. In the cost-sharing agreement, the City of Fayetteville will pay 50% of the total cost without exceeding $250,000.

The plans showed part of the existing trail adjacent to the train tracks will have to be rerouted to put the signalization system in place. The agreement also stated Fayetteville will be responsible for coordinating the railroad crossing signal with the traffic signal at Dickson Street and West Avenue, while the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad will be responsible for maintaining the signals.

Alderman Sarah Marsh said the new railroad crossing signals will increase safety at one of the most dangerous intersections in the state and will create a right-of-way system for future trails in the area.

The most recent collision on the Dickson Street train tracks happened in September 2012 when an SUV drove up too close to the railroad crossing and was sideswiped by an Arkansas and Missouri Railroad train. The train dragged the SUV, pulling down some of the fencing along the tracks, but the driver of the vehicle was uninjured.

September 2012 accident involving SUV and Arkansas and Missouri Railroad train.

September 2012 accident involving SUV and Arkansas and Missouri Railroad train.

2 comments

  • objectivefodder

    It’s about time, albeit late. This should have been done years ago, a priority instead of the numerous other traffic crossings. It’s a wonder students haven’t been injured or worse. That blind crossing is dangerous. Pedestrians, Skateboarders and Bicyclist are vulnerable, especially late night revelers and bar patrons unsuspecting of an oncoming approaching train. Kudos to the City of Fayetteville and Ark & Mo Railroad.

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