August 27, 2011 by wcobserver
New Sidewalk to be Installed at Wilson St. Crossing
By Susan McCarthy
GREENLAND – Work will begin next week at one of three railroad crossings in Greenland to replace spacers that should result in a smoother crossing.
Over the next several weeks, the Arkansas Missouri Railroad will replace the spacers that lie between the tracks on Roadrunner Lane, Wilson Street and Bailey Street.
“They’re pretty gnarly, but we’re going to button them down,” said Mayor Bill Groom.
The first of the repairs will begin next week on Roadrunner Lane. The street will be closed on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and traffic will be rerouted down Allen Street. The work will be completed by the Arkansas Missouri Railroad.
Wilson Street will be closed on Monday, Aug. 29. The railroad crossing repair is the first of several projects scheduled on the street. The city plans to widen the crossing to add a sidewalk that will extend sidewalk travel all the way to the school. Once the crossing work is complete the city is planning to resurface the street from Napier to Main.
Groom says the Wilson Street closing presents some logistical challenges because it’s one of the busiest streets in the city, but plans to close the street at 8:30 a.m., following the start of the school day. Travel will be diverted down Frisco Street to Pearson Street and then back to Wilson Street throughout the day. Groom said it should only add about three minutes to a person’s drive.
A date has not yet been scheduled for the work at the Bailey Street railroad crossing.
City Council Members approved costs of approximately $4,000 for each of the three crossings. Groom said the city purchased used spacers at a significant savings, and while they wouldn’t hold up to traffic on a highway, they should last a long time.