Spencer Railroad Safety Upgrades

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Spencer Railroad Safety Upgrades

Spencer, IA (KICD)–Safety upgrades for the railroad crossing on 10th Avenue East in Spencer are coming after years of attempts to apply for funding.

Assistant Public Works Director Craig Poulson tells KICD News that the city, Iowa DOT, and Dakota, Minnesota, and Easter Railroad Company are teaming up to install 12 foot LED flashing light signals, gate arms, cantilevers, additional side lights, and prediction circuitry at the crossing.

The estimated cost of the project comes in at over $268,000. A CDBG grant will account for 90 percent of this cost being incurred by the DOT and railroad. The required 10 percent match will be split by the city of Spencer and railroad.

Poulson says they aren’t sure if they can fit the project into this construction season. If that is the case, work will commence in the Spring.