The 1st Avenue and Emery Street Intersection Improvements Project will improve the existing at grade rail crossing on Emery Street north of 1st Avenue. Improvements will include updates to the rail track circuitry, add gates, install a traffic signal at the intersection, and add new sidewalks at the railroad crossing.
Adjacent development will increase vehicular and pedestrian traffic across the rail crossing. This is a crossing that is utilized daily by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway and is currently only protected with passive devices. The crossing is currently protected with warning signs on the approach to the tracks with no other safety measures. The anticipated increase in traffic could cause queuing on the tracks, creating an unsafe condition. Additionally, initial meetings with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the BNSF Railway indicated that the crossing would need to be improved to implement active warning devices.
Preliminary cost estimates for this project are about $1.8 million. The project will be funded through the 3/4-cent Street Fund Sales & Use tax and the developer of South Main Station.
Related City Plans or Other Capital Improvement Projects
- How the area could develop over time (Section 4, p. 13 - 20)
- Future Land Use Plan (p. 98-99)
- Roadway System Plan (p.128-129)
- Bicycle Facilities Plan (p.140-141)
- Pedestrian Plan (p.144-145)