STRASBURG - MoDOT will hold an open house public hearing from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, to explain plans for a new Route E overpass of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at Route 58 in Strasburg.
The public meeting will be at Strasburg Elementary School, 600 West State Route E, Strasburg. The open house format means no formal presentation will be given. Those interested may view exhibits, ask questions and come and go at any time during the two-hour meeting.
The Strasburg Railroad Overpass is proposed for construction starting at the south-to-east curve of Route E entering the City of Strasburg, continuing south over the Union Pacific Railroad and Route 58, and tying back into Route 58 from the south. Right of way and easements are needed for the project.
Route E in Strasburg crosses the Union Pacific Railroad's tracks in the heart of town. These tracks carry high-speed freight and Amtrak trains each day, posing safety concerns and delays for the community. MoDOT's solution is an overpass that will eliminate the at-grade crossing from Route E to Route 58 and also provide a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing at the current location of Route E crossing to improve safety and convenience. The new bridge would be on the west side of Strasburg, extending Route E south over the tracks, then turning west and north to curve around to an intersection at Route 58. Right of way must be acquired to build this bridge and extension of Route E. MoDOT will contact affected property owners in the next few weeks to discuss the process and the timetable for negotiation and acquisition.
MoDOT anticipates the project will begin construction in early 2014 and be completed by the end of the year. Once completed, the existing Route E at-grade crossing will be closed to vehicular traffic and become a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing with gates that will prevent pedestrian access when trains are approaching.
MoDOT also will replace and improve the sidewalk from the railroad crossing to Strasburg Elementary School, ensuring a safe route protected from vehicle traffic. These community improvements are paid for through funds established for rail crossing upgrades. MoDOT is working with Union Pacific Railroad to establish safe rail corridors and eliminate highway crossings that delay vehicular traffic.
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