By Terry Rogers
On Monday, September 29, DelDOT will began repairs to the railroad crossing on South Walnut Street. It is anticipated that the repairs will be completed by October 5, pending weather. Upon completion of the Walnut Street crossing, DelDOT will then repair the crossing on McCoy Street. Both closings will require drivers to use detours in order to avoid the areas of the repairs.
“Initially, DelDOT planned to repair the crossing at McCoy Street,” said City Manager, Richard Carmean. “However, city officials and several legislators, including Senator Gary Simpson and Representative Harvey Kenton, pushed for them to repair the Walnut Street crossing so that it could be completed before the Community Parade, which is scheduled for October 16.”
Mr. Carmean said that DelDOT will repair the crossings by replacing road surfaces on both sides and in the center of the tracks in order to make them smoother for cars that travel over them.
“I live next to one of these crossing and when trailers with loads in them go across it is like rattling pots and pans,” Mr. Carmean said. “Although DelDOT makes the repairs and determines when they will be completed, they must get permission from the railroad before they do them.” The Norfolk Southern Railroad is the transportation company responsible for the tracks.
South Walnut Street will be closed between Clarke and Causey Avenue. Detours will be posted, routing northbound vehicles from Walnut Street to Clarke Avenue to Lakeview Avenue to Causey Avenue and back to Walnut Street. Southbound traffic will be routed from Walnut Street to Causey Avenue to Lakeview Avenue to Clarke Avenue and back to Walnut.
“We are very grateful to Senator Simpson and Representative Kenton for their help in getting these projects completed,” Mr. Carmean said. “They have needed repairs for a long time.”