Tonight, the Decatur City Commission will consider signing an agreement with CSX in the amount of $230,000 to pay for a critical piece of the long-discussed (we been talking about it since at LEAST 2009!) railroad crossing improvements at McDonough and Candler Streets.
According to a letter from Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon to the commission, this amount is related to the construction that will occur within the CSX right-of-way. CSX requires that it will install the new surfaces in the right of way at both crossings and review and approve all plans.
According to Mr. Saxon, CSX estimates the costs for this piece of the project as…
- Engineering and Construction Inspections – $37,000
- McDonough Crossing – Flagging and Construction – $96,500
- Candler Crossing – Flagging and Construction – $96,500
Check out the original plan for the Candler crossing above and the McDonough crossing below. You can also find out more about these projects on the city’s website.
The City was awarded Transportation Enhancement project money for a large part of the total cost for these crossing improvements way back in 2008, but all the coordination with the many parties involved (CSX, GDOT, etc), destined it to be a long, drawn out process. Could it finally be happening?