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Posted on: June 25, 2020

City Council decides not to close any railroad crossings

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The City Council has completed discussions of potentially closing existing railroad crossings in Cleburne after receiving a final offer from BNSF Railway.

The City Council decided the company’s latest and final offer to close the existing railroad crossing on Chamber Street was not enough at its June 23 meeting.

BNSF Railway informed the City it plans to construct an additional track to the existing corridor in the next year. The company wanted to reduce the number of crossings in Cleburne and offered financial and infrastructure incentives if the City would agree to close up to three crossings: East Chambers, East Wardville, and Hines Road. For the closings, the company offered financial incentives of up to $157,500 for closing one street, $415,000 for closing two, and up to &772,500 and a traffic signal for closing all three.

The Cleburne City Council said it would consider closing the Chambers Street crossing if an appropriate offer was made. The company’s final offer for the closure was not enough for the Council to vote to close the crossing.

In addition to the closures discussion, BNSF did notify city staff the expansion construction will require the City to relocate its utilities in the railway’s right-of-way. City staff has identified 10 utility conflicts within BNSF’s property that it will have to relocate before the railway company can begin adding the new track. The track project may also impact traffic flow at several street crossings during construction including those at West Vaughn Road, East Kilpatrick Street, East Willingham Street, East Wardville Street, East Chambers Street, East Second Street/FM 4, and Hines Road.

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