Scheduled road closure near Wilson and Main beginning Oct. 19

Alex Mann
Managing Editor

The City of Borger is making a move to ease wear and tear on local vehicles traveling over one particularly rough local railroad crossing, and while the relief will likely be appreciated by many, the necessary road will will unfortunately close the crossing beginning early next week.

“Beginning at 9:00 AM on Monday, October 19, 2015, the City of Borger Street Department will be blocking Wilson ST, at the Railroad Grade Crossings between Harvey ST and Florida ST (Texas 246), for the replacement of the rubber grade crossing materials with new concrete grade crossings,” Ted Dodd with the City of Borger writes in an official release, “The blockage will continue until the job is complete, estimated to be November 6, 2015 at 5:00 PM. No business will be blocked during the construction period.” He says, “While this intersection and area is closed, drivers will have to find other railroad crossing areas to use. The Closest crossing to the North is N 3rd ST, and the nearest to the South is Tristram ST.”

Though the brief inconvenience may affect some local commuting routes, Dodd insists that crews will be hard at work to complete the project as swiftly as possible. “According to Roger Ridenour of K & R Railroad construction, every effort will be made to complete the task as soon as possible to minimize impact to the public.” Dodd writes, “Doug Tipton and the city's Street Department will assist by paving the areas after the new crossings are installed. The City appreciates the replacement and is happy to work with Panhandle Northern Railroad to help accomplish this improvement.”

In a follow up interview, Dodd says that while efficiency is always a priority, delays are always a possibility, and one delay in particular is always a challenge to work around. “Weather.” Dodd says, “The weather, and availability of asphalt are the only things that might slow us down. The rail crossing will be fixed, but we may not be able to get to the road because of weather.” Though potential delays may affect road traffic, Dodd says rail traffic will continue through the crossing, as well as other nearby crossings. “The crossing [construction] will affect car traffic only.” Dodd says, “It will have some effect on rail traffic, but it wont be much of an effect.”

Though the work will continue for several weeks, Dodd believes commuters will appreciate the improvements over the long run. “The reason we're doing it is because the rubber grade crossings are rough, very rough. These concrete grade crossings are a lot smoother, and a lot easier on cars, so we're pretty happy about this. I think most people will be happy about it,” Dodd says, “maybe not during the construction period... but they will be when it's done.”