Crossing arms to be installed at Jonesboro railroad crossing

Crossing arms to be installed at Jonesboro railroad crossing

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Crossing arms will be installed at the Neil Drive railroad crossing in Jonesboro.

Earlier this week, representatives with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department met with city engineers and determined that crossing arms were a more appropriate safety measure than the lights that currently hang there now.

The project will be paid entirely with federal funds and should be finished within a year.

City Traffic Engineer Mark Nichols said 1,100 vehicles and 34 trains go through that railroad crossing on a daily basis.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin said he's happy to see increased safety measures there.

"Railroad crossings are critical, but they can be dangerous when traffic volume gets too high," Mayor Perrin said. "This intersection is a textbook example, and I'm pleased that AHTD, the railway, and our engineers are doing something about it."

A traffic signal will also be installed at the Henson Road railroad crossing north of Dan Avenue soon. Nichols said it is in the design phase right now. Construction should start later this year or early next year.

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