OSKALOOSA — A main thoroughfare in Oskaloosa will be inaccessible for six days in September.
The Union Pacific Railroad crossing at A Avenue (Hwy. 92) West and South F Street will be closed from 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9 until Saturday, Sept. 14, weather permitting.
According to Iowa Department of Transportation Transportation Planner Hector Torres-Cacho, panels in the track will be removed and replaced. The construction crew will also mill and patch the east and west approaches to the railroad tracks, along with sidewalk improvements.
This is standard maintenance, Torres-Cacho said via email.
“This crossing was replaced in 2001 under the Primary Grade Crossing Program and has shown signs of fatigue requiring us to replace the track structure and roadway approach prior to any safety issues,” he said.
Torres-Cacho said this work is typically done on a cycle fo every 12-16 years based on the condition base.
“Condition base changes in areas with higher highway ADT (average daily traffic),” he said, “heavy train tonnage or increased speed.”
The crossing is owned by Union Pacific Railroad.
Local drivers will have access to A Avenue West/Hwy. 92 aside from that crossing. For highway travelers, the Iowa DOT will have a 6.4-mile marked detour following U.S. 63 and Iowa 163.
The Iowa DOT reminds drivers to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area. Traffic fines are at least double in work zones.
Visiting www.511ia.org or calling 511 will keep drivers appraised of the latest travel information available, according to the Iowa DOT.