For Immediate Release
May 27, 2015
Chief Ron Sparks
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad
Safety Improvements Temporarily Close W. Dickson Street at Railroad Crossing
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A portion of W. Dickson Street between N. West Avenue and N. Gregg Avenue will be closed from 7:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30th through 9:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31st for the replacement of railroad crossing panels. The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad will be performing the work. Vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic will be unable to cross the railroad tracks at this intersection; detours will be posted.
Pedestrians and cyclists wishing to cross the railroad tracks are encouraged to use the trail crossing between the Frisco Trail and Powerhouse Avenue, located south of the W. Dickson Street and railroad intersection. Detour signage will direct vehicles to cross at the W. Lafayette Street bridge. The Frisco Trail section of the Razorback Greenway will remain open at all times. Trail users are asked to exercise caution in this area and follow all temporary signage through the construction zone.
Businesses on W. Dickson Street between the railroad and N. Gregg Avenue will be accessible by sidewalk. The entrances and exits for parking lots on W. Dickson Street will be closed, customers should enter these lots from N. West Avenue. Bank of Fayetteville drive-thru users will be able to exit and turn east onto W. Dickson Street.
Replacement of the railroad crossing panels is the first phase of a two phase project to upgrade the railroad crossing signal lights and add safety guards for the street and sidewalks. The second phase is scheduled for late June of 2015 and will include the relocation of a section of the Frisco Trail to create space for the new signal gates. The City of Fayetteville and the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad are partnering on the cost of the safety upgrades.
On behalf of the City of Fayetteville, we express our appreciation for your cooperation and understanding as safety improvements are performed in this area. Inquires about this project should be directed to the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad office in Springdale; the telephone number for that office is 479-575-1281.