Upgrades slated for a host of crossings

Seventeen rail crossings will see upgrades in the coming year in locations across the province

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The federal government is spending $3.3 million to improve rail safety at 18 locations in Alberta.

The funds will be used on three types of projects:

  • Install flashing lights, bells, and gates at crossings.
  • Install advanced train detection and crossing control system.
  • build fencing and other barriers to discourage trespassing on railway properties.

Almost half of all railway-related deaths and injuries result from accidents at crossings. The federal government is spending more than $20 million on 98 grade-crossing improvements across the country along with five technology and research projects.

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The Alberta projects are:

CP Rail

  • Mile 63.59 Montana Subdivision, Hwy. 4 (43rd St): Installation of new bungalow, flashing lights, bells and gates at the crossing, $211,658.
  • Mile 17.32 Leduc Subdivision, 58th St.: Installation new crossing with gates with flashing lights, LEDs and Bell and 8×8 bungalow complete with Constant Warning Time Equipment and Dual Tone Multi-Frequency at the crossing, $273,648.
  • Mile 97.84 Taber Subdivision, 11th St.: Addition of one-way flashing lights arm to cantilever “B” to cover turning lane at the crossing, $13,932.
  • Mile 40.40 Taber Subdivision, 4th St. East: Addition of gates and a Solid State Crossing Controller to the crossing warning system, $107,602.
  • Mile 50.61 Brooks Subdivision, Township Road 172: Installation of a new crossing bungalow complete with Constant Warning Time Equipment, LED lights, Dual Tone Multi-Frequency, and gates at the crossing, $178,085.
  • Mile 123.09 Brooks Subdivision, Highway 901: Add interconnection to Active Advance Warning Signs, and Dual Tone Multi-Frequency activation at the crossing, $181,813.
  • Mile 7.92 Breton Subdivision, Range Road 263: Installation of a new type ‘C’ circuits crossing warning system with flashing light signals equipped with LEDs and bell at the crossing, $148,795.
  • Mile 141.19 Brooks Subdivision, Highway 817: Installation of a new bungalow complete with Constant Warning Time Equipment and Dual Tone Multi-Frequency to accommodate the addition of gates with flashing lights, LEDs and bell at the crossing, $183,768.
  • Mile 44.59 Wetaskiwin Subdivision, Range Road 164: Installation of a crossing warning system including gates, $189,349.
  • Mile 15.70 Leduc Subdivision, Township Road 402: Installation of new crossing with gates with flashing lights, LEDs and Bell and 8×8 bungalow complete with Constant Warning Time Equipment and Dual Tone Multi-Frequency at the crossing, $179,022.

CN Rail

  • Mile 48.27 Grande Prairie Subdivison, 116th Ave: Upgrade Crossing to Grade Crossing Predictor 4000 with S60 Gates, $200,184.
  • Mile 47.74 Camrose Subdivision, 51st Ave.: Upgrade Crossing to Grade Crossing Predictor 4000 with Gates, $191,090.
  • Mile 65.64 Edson Subdivision, Range Road 73: Upgrade crossing to Grade Crossing Predictor 4000 with Gates, $163,800.
  • Mile 259.89 Wainwright Subdivision, 17th St.: Upgrade Crossing to Grade Crossing Predictor 4000 with S60 Gates, $184,041.
  • Mile 49.86 Grande Prairie Subdivision, 100th St.: Upgrade Crossing to Grade Crossing Predictor 4000 with S60 Gates, $161,659.
  • Mile 120.73 Vegreville Subdivision, 182nd Ave.: Upgrade to Grade Crossing Predictor 4000 with electronic bell and S60 Gates, $156,450.
  • Mile 125.38 Vegreville Subdivision, 144th Ave.: Upgrade to Grade Crossing Predictor 4000 with electronic bell and S60 Gates, $156,451.

Another $500,000 will be spent in St. Alberta for design and construction of barriers along the rail corridor in that city.

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