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Pine Bluffs rail crossing may be moved in future

 


The railroad crossing on Main may be moving.

Pine Bluffs Mayor Alan Curtis recently met with officials from Union Pacific Railroad and the Wyoming Department of Transportation and discussed moving the crossing located on Main Street in Pine Bluffs to Butler Street.

Butler Street is located one block east of Beech Street on the east side of Pine Bluffs.

“This is a safety thing as you well know,” Curtis told town council members Monday night.

Curtis said the potential project would cost around $1 million. Union Pacific will provide about $650,000 in safety funds to help pay for the crossing.

“We’d have to give up the one on Main Street to get the new one on Butler,” Curtis said.

The mayor added that the project will not happen overnight. WyDOT is conducting an overlay project in 2023 from Parson’s Street to the state line. WyDot would cover the cost of paving from the railroad tracks to U.S. 30. The town would be on the hook for paving from the crossing to the north.

“We need to start putting some money aside for it. We need the community buy-in,” Curtis said.

“I think it’s been a long time coming. We have canvased the area to the north and the businesses there are in support of it.

Curtis said the project has been on his radar for a number of years now.

 

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