TRUCKEE, Calif. — In an effort to enhance pedestrian safety, a downtown railroad crossing is scheduled to be upgraded next month
Crews will remove both concrete barriers near the crossing at Bridge Street and extend the existing sidewalk on either side of the tracks to the rails to provide a pedestrian crossing. Signs warning pedestrians to look for trains and danger pavement markings also will be installed.
Currently, pedestrians have to go onto the roadway’s shoulder to cross.
Work is planned for mid-May, likely taking a week, said Mike Vaughan, senior engineer for the town of Truckee.
During construction, the crossing at Bridge Street will be closed to through traffic, day and night, and detoured to the McIver Roundabout.
The project will break ground weeks after 27-year-old Janaki Rose Hayes died when she was struck by a train while walking or running on the tracks near the Truckee River, west of the Highway 267 bridge.
Hayes reportedly was wearing headphones that covered her ears, listening to loud music, and couldn’t hear the train coming.
“(The Bridge Street upgrade) was not a reaction to what happened; this project was happening before that,” said Vaughan, adding that no project changes have been made due to the April 9 accident.
The project is estimated to cost $65,000, with funding coming from Measure V, the town’s half-cent sales tax that funds town roadway improvements.
Truckee Town Council is scheduled to vote on awarding the contract to Four Point Engineering during Tuesday’s meeting. The item is on the consent calendar.