Eleventh Street rail crossing to close

One railroad crossing will close and another will be upgraded in an effort to improve safety where railroad tracks and streets intersect in Medford.

Eleventh Street will close at the Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad tracks this fall, Medford public works officials said in a news release. Automatic signals and minor street improvements will be added where Third Street crosses the tracks.

City of Medford, Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad, and the Oregon Department of Transportation Rail Division worked together to analyze traffic and safety at the crossings and recommend changes.

When Eleventh Street closes, pavement and an unused spur track will be removed from the railroad right of way, and "dead end" signs will be installed, the release said.

The Third Street crossing, which now has stop signs at the tracks, will get electronic warning signals and crossing gates.

Past news stories reported that ODOT would use federal safety funds for the project.

For more information, contact Medford Public Works at 541-774-2100.

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