Railroad crossing closed for dip repair

SALEM — The Newgarden Avenue railroad crossing had to be closed Thursday and Friday to fix a dip over the area where a contractor bore under the tracks for a sewer line project.

City Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said he was contacted via email late Wednesday night by Jon Vollnogle of Howells & Baird who had been contacted by Norfolk Southern about closing the road so repairs could be made.

According to Kenst, that section of the tracks was creating a dip for the rail cars and an immediate repair was necessary. The email said the crossing would be torn out and repaired with cold mix asphalt for now, with plans to tear it out again and repave it with hot mix in the spring.

The crossing had been closed for an extended time while work was being done on the sewer line bore on Newgarden for the Snyder Road sewer line project. The city Utilities Commission recently ended its relationship with the contractor on the unfinished project due to alleged problems, with plans to rebid it.