DANVILLE – Construction was expected to start this morning on railroad crossing safety improvements on Griffin Street near Garfield Park.
The City of Danville announced earlier this week the closure of Griffin Street at the intersection of the CSX railroad crossing for the Griffin Street and CSX Railroad Crossing Improvement Project to improve safety.
The project will add dedicated pedestrian crossings and approaches on the east and west sides of Griffin Street to separate the pedestrian traffic from the vehicular traffic. CSX Railroad will be adding roadway gates, constant warning time circuitry and installing pedestrian gates.
During this time the contractor will have Griffin Street with a complete roadway closure starting at the intersection of Mabin Street north to Fairchild Street and traffic will be detoured with signage. Only local traffic will be permitted north of the CSX railroad crossing during construction.
The complete roadway closure was to begin at about 7 a.m. today and is not anticipated to reopen until 4 p.m. Nov. 22. The closure will affect motorists traveling northbound and southbound on Griffin Street.
Choose an alternate route to avoid delays. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution while traveling near the roadway closure.
The railroad crossing is where, most recently, a 13-year-old died in June 2017 after being hit by a train while on his bicycle.
In July, the Danville City Council approved a construction agreement with CSX Transportation Inc. for the project.
The construction agreement was required to reimburse CSXT for its review, associated engineering and installation costs and construction engineering and inspection related to the project.
The $98,795 city payment came from $23,795 in Community Development Block Grant funds, $65,000 from infrastructure development and $10,000 from streets.
Construction must be completed by the end of the year, Danville Public Works Director Carl Carpenter told aldermen earlier this year about the litigation involved.
The city council also approved a $108,717 contract with Cross Construction of Urbana for the sidewalk extension and installation of pedestrian gates across the CSX railroad tracks and right-of-way on Griffin Street.
Funding also comes from the city’s CDBG funds.
City officials decided not to spend about another $100,000 to make the railroad corridor there a quiet zone where train horns are not sounded.