UP crews to 'fix the bump' at railroad crossing

Plan for alternate routes in, out of Coflax July 9-12
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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Things will get smoother for motorists as they cross Grass Valley Street in a few weeks. According to Gabe Armstrong, community services director for the City of Colfax, Union Pacific will return next month to ?fix the bump? in the tracks at the railroad crossing. From July 9 to 12 when the work is in progress, the Grass Valley Street railroad crossing will be closed, and motorists will have to take alternative routes in and out of Colfax. Use the Highway 174 entrance at North Main Street or Tokayana Way, which leads to Placer Hills Road. As part of its project to upgrade the transcontinental railway between Colfax and Rocklin, Union Pacific track replacement crews were in town in January and again in March. They replaced wooden ties with new, concrete ties and installed state-of-the-art seamless rails, held in place with metal ribbon clips. Michael Upton, track maintenance manager for Union Pacific, said repairing the bump in the road will require disabling the tracks on both sides of the crossing. ?Seven hundred feet of track has to come out (in order to) lower it down four inches,? Upton said. ?That will complete the upgrade as far as the railroad is concerned.? There will be minimal pedestrian crossing allowed during the project, but none at all the first two days, Upton said, when there will be five pieces of large equipment on site. ?I suggest they try to find an alternate path,? on July 9 and 10, Upton said. There could be more access on July 11 and 12, when ?We?ll be in the process of putting things back together.?