Harris rail crossings to be improved

Two rail crossings in the the city of Harris will receive some needed safety improvements this year. They were approved by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

The projects were reviewed by the East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC) and approved at their meeting on Aug. 27. The costs for each crossing were estimated at $125,000. Funding will come through Mn/DOT’s Office of Rail/Office of Commercial Vehicle Operations.

Improvements will include installation of gates under the Antiquated Equipment Program.  “One crossing is currently out of service which makes this situation very dangerous” noted Bob Bollenbeck, ECRDC planner, based on information from Mn/DOT’s Metro Division. “This situation will only get worse with winter icy conditions.”

The crossings are at Stark Road (CSAH 10) and 440th St. (CSAH 9). The project is to be completed this fall.

Chisago County Commissioner Ben Montzka, who is the ECRDC chairman, wanted to make the public aware of these improvements. Chisago County projects currently are processed through the Metro ATP (Area Transportation Partnership) and are then included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to be eligible for federal funding for construction.

Anyone with questions may contact Bob Bollenbeck, ECRDC Transportation Planner, at (320) 679-4065.

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