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Improvements made to railroad crossings in Siler City

Posted Saturday, January 24, 2004

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Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation has installed warning signals and crossing gates at the Fifth Street crossing of the Norfolk Southern Railway in Siler City.

The project cost $135,400 with 90 percent of the project paid by federal funds and 10 percent paid by Siler City. Norfolk Southern and the city split the cost to maintain the signals. Up to three freight trains travel daily through the crossings at speeds up to 25 mph.

The Chatham County project is part of a comprehensive statewide program to enhance highway safety by adding or improving signals and gates at public railroad crossings. Mechanical warning devices of some sort are now in place at more than 2,300 of North Carolina's 4,350 public crossings.

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