Heads Up: Key Decatur Railroad Crossings Closing Next Monday, June 19th

I’ve been avoiding these intersections already on the off-chance that they had already closed.  But apparently not.  Here we go!

From the Extreme Makeover: Downtown Decatur website

As tentatively announced in this previous post, effective the morning of Monday, June 19, CSX will begin rebuilding their crossings at Candler and McDonough Streets.

Site work will continue uninterrupted until its completion which is projected to take roughly seven days. Both intersections will be closed and will remain closed for the duration.

Completion could be delayed due to rain. Stay tuned here for updates if an extension proves necessary.

You probably don’t want to get caught up in the detour…

…better to just use an alternative crossing point elsewhere in the city.

Photo courtesy of Joel

Detour Alert! CSX Will Rebuild Downtown Rail Crossings Mid-June

EXTREME DETOUR everyone. This should be a fun time for Decatur commuters.

That said, we should also take the long view and remember that this rebuild is a LONG time coming. (I have posts on this dating back to at LEAST 2009!  Man. I’m getting old.)

From the city’s Decatur Makeover website

Details are still being finalized but now’s the time to start planning ahead: Effective the morning of Monday, June 19, CSX will begin rebuilding their crossings at Candler and McDonough Streets.

Work will continue uninterrupted until its completion which is projected to take roughly seven days. Both intersections will be closed and will remain closed until the work is finished.

A detour map will be posted here during the week of June 12 so stay tuned.

Project details

This collective project, including rail crossings at both McDonough and Candler, will significantly improve accessibility and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, further encouraging those who live in Winnona Park, the McDonough-Adams-Kings Highway community, and other neighborhoods south of the CSX rail corridor to walk and bike into downtown Decatur.

 The improvements will provide gentler slopes on the north side of both crossings resulting in an accessible path for persons in wheelchairs or those using strollers, and a much safer route located outside the railroad crossing gates for pedestrians and bicyclists. Presently, pedestrians and bicyclists have to share the roadway with vehicles at these crossings.

In addition to improvements at the crossings, there will now be new pedestrian crosswalks where none presently exist — on the east side of both intersections and just north of the Candler crossing connecting to the sidewalk along the old Depot property.

Finally, improved vehicular mobility is also a project priority. Both crossings will include new traffic signals on both sides which will allow protected left turns on all legs of the two crossings.

You can view the schematics in the original post.

Photo courtesy of Joel

CSX Closing Railroad Crossings Just West Of Decatur For Multiple Days This Week

UPDATE: Dan at Decaturish passed along the details from a DeKalb County Weekly update newsletter…

Road Closures Announced Throughout the County  February 28 thru March 4  
DeKalb County announced several roads will be closed to through traffic in areas throughout the county Feb. 28 – March 4. The closures are being facilitated to complete work on projects currently being implemented. Road closure signs will be posted to advise motorists of activities in the areas, as well as on any local traffic restrictions. Details and contact information for each closure is provided below:
Coventry Road between North Parkwood Road and Dyson Drive/Chelsea Circle
Coventry Road, between North Parkwood Road and Dyson Drive/Chelsea Circle, will be closed to through traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, through 7 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, to complete railroad maintenance. Questions regarding this road closure should be addressed to Ray Porter, Benchmark Consulting at (864) 809-4378.
West Howard Avenue/DeKalb Avenue NE between Paden Circle and Ridgecrest Road
 

West Howard Avenue/DeKalb Avenue NE, between Paden Circle and Ridgecrest Road NE, will be closed to through traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, through 7 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, to complete railroad maintenance. Questions regarding this road closure should be addressed to Ray Porter, Benchmark Consulting at (864) 809-4378.

A commenter on FFAF reported yesterday…

FYI – there is a sign on Dekalb/Howard at the RR crossing stating that it will be closed 2/28-3/3 for track repair. No more info than that. Total closure? That will be fun …

I heard from a friend that there’s a similar announcement out there for the Coventry Road railroad intersection for the same days.

City Manager Peggy Merriss hadn’t heard anything when we asked the city yesterday, but she pointed out that technically the west side intersections are outside the city limits, so CSX wouldn’t need to contact Decatur city officials.

More info as we have it.

DeKalb, PATH and CSX Negotiating to Close Stone Mountain Trail Gap Over I-285

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I recall a good amount of interest from the masses the last time we posted an update on closing the Stone Mountain PATH trail gap back in 2013.

Well, here’s a good bit of news – and some nice history – for all you pedal pushers and sneaker jockeys :-), courtesy of the PATH Foundation

DeKalb County, PATH, and CSX Railroad are negotiating an agreement that would allow PATH and the County to complete the missing segment of the Stone Mountain Trail between Glendale Road and Clarkston. The discussions are preliminary at press time but all parties are at the table attempting to reach an accord.

In 1992, The old Decatur to Stone Mountain trolley right-of-way was ‘discovered’ by the PATH Foundation founders during their search for a suitable trail corridor that would connect the Olympic venue in Atlanta to the cycle venue at Stone Mountain Park. This lovely, tree-lined corridor stretching from downtown Clarkston to Stone Mountain Village, had been deeded to DeKalb County by Georgia Power Company after being abandoned decades before. Needless to say it was just what the doctor ordered: a continuous, publicly owned corridor that was level and virtually free of obstacles.

The first foot of trail PATH ever poured was on the trolley corridor near the corner of Country Address, just east of Clarkston. A mile of trail was completed at this location and used as the ‘model mile’ to convince potential donors that trails were good and PATH was the real deal.

PATH went on to complete a majority of the trail between Freedom Park and Stone Mountain before the 1996 Olympics. One glaring exception was the half-mile segment west of Clarkston including the bridge over I-285. There were too many issues involved with crossing I-285 and encroaching onto railroad right-of-way for a young, inexperienced nonprofit to resolve in a timely fashion.

The recent negotiations were encouraged by the fact that DeKalb County condemned the edge of the CSX right-of-way for trail development late last year. Rather than continuing the court case, the parties have agreed to pursue a settlement that will allow a trail bridge across I-285 into Clarkston but would exit CSX right-of-way east of I-285. The PATH design team is altering plans to reflect terms of the agreement in hopes the project will move forward. Stay tuned.

Two Decatur Railroad Crossings To Close This Week For Maintenance

Decatur railroad track work

Both the McDonough and Candler Street train crossings in Decatur will be closed at different times this week for railroad tie maintenance.  Here’s more info from the City of Decatur’s website

CSX will close the McDonough St. railroad crossing Mon., Feb. 2 and Tues., Feb. 3 for railroad tie maintenance. The Candler St. crossing will be closed Tues., Feb. 3 and Wed., Feb. 4. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will be directed to detours at either the East Lake Drive or Commerce Drive underpasses.

Photo courtesy of David S.

Get Ready for Railroad Crossing Closures in Decatur Next Week

From the Decatur Minute

CSX is expected to begin maintenance on the Candler Street, McDonough Street and Atlanta Avenue railroad crossings next week (week of January 12th) for railroad tie maintenance. Each intersection will be closed for 2-3 days. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will be directed to detours at either the East Lake Drive or Commerce Drive underpasses.

For more information, contact Project Civil Engineer Jennings Bell at 404-370-4104 or CSX Railroad at 877-835-5279.

2010 railroad crossing photo courtesy of Beth

Train Operator Who Hit MARTA Bus Seeking $1 Million in Damages

Decaturish is reporting this morning that a CSX train operator who hit a MARTA bus stuck on the tracks back in May 2013 has filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages.

The lawsuit argues that the steep grade of the intersection was a known safety hazard, noting that a collision occurred at that intersection 3 months prior to the MARTA bus accident.

CSX, the City of Decatur, MARTA and GDOT are all listed as defendants in the suit, which is posted in full on Decaturish.

City Manager Peggy Merriss told Decaturish, ““The litigation should have no effect on the North McDonough Streetscapes project or the South Candler/South McDonough/Howard railroad crossing project either,”.

Improving that intersection has long been a goal of Decatur’s 2008 Transportation Plan.  The city held a public input meeting on improvements back in 2013, however getting design approval from the Georgia Department of Transportation usually takes years and there haven’t been any public statements about the status of this project lately.

Photo of 2013 incident courtesy of Lee