Stakeholders consider details of railroad crossing work in Riverside
MONTOURSVILLE - Compromises are being made to close the Danville-Riverside bridge while work is conducted on a railroad crossing.
Rick Mason, public information officer for PennDOT Maintenance 3-0 in Montoursville, reported a work session was held Monday with a number of stakeholders to discuss Canadian Pacific Railway's planned replacement of its crossing at Riverside. PennDOT will have to close the Danville-Riverside bridge during the work, Mason said.
Representatives of Riverside and Danville boroughs, police agencies, emergency services, the Danville School District, Knoebels Amusement Resort, Geisinger Medical Center, Merck Cherokee, a local transit agency and other groups attended.
During the meeting, a number of compromises were reached, and further consideration and discussion will occur at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 8 at St. Peter's Fellowship Hall, 240 Sunbury Road, Riverside.
Mason said nothing is set in stone.
Canadian Pacific, which normally asks for five days to close a road to replace a crossing, has agreed to work around the clock to get the project done in 72 hours.
The group agreed it would be best to do the work on a weekend, between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Monday, possibly from June 20 to 23.
Following extensive coordination, PennDOT will suggest allowing one-way car traffic from Riverside to Danville during the closure, using South D&H Avenue, Chestnut Street and North D&H Avenue around the closure. All truck traffic and car traffic from Danville to Riverside would be detoured during the closure.