Judging by their speed, motorists are finding Albany’s Queen Avenue railraod crossing much easier to navigate now that the pavement has been repaired.
For years the crossing of four tracks was notoriously bumpy. Last week the crossing was closed for three or four days while the surface was fixed. It took me a while, but on Thursday I finally got around to taking a look:
Both the Union Pacific and the Portland & Western railroads worked on the crossing during last week’s closure.
The UP reset its mainline track in new concrete. The P&W put down asphalt to make a new surface. across its three tracks.
This will not be the last work to be done there. ODOT plans to install new gates and improved pedestrian walks later on, perhaps next year or the year after that.
When that is done, Portland & Western plans to replace the new asphalt between the rails with concrete panels, according to plans announced earlier.
For now, though, going across those tracks is less bumpy than it was, for motor vehicles and bicycles too. (hh)