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January 19, 1998

Local News

Railroad crossing will help improve downtown access

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Photo by Andrew Walgamott/staff photo

Burlington Northern Santa Fe crews are working to complete a safer railroad crossing. The new crossing will also offer an easier entry way to downtown Woodinville. It is expected to open between Feb. 15 and March 1.

  WOODINVILLE--Last week, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe crews began building a safer railroad crossing that will also lead to better vehicle access to the new downtown shopping district.The four-lane crossing at N.E. 178th Pl. will connect the TRF project with N.E. 177th Pl. which leads to 131st Ave. N.E./State Route 202 near McLendons Hardware.
  
   After BNSF finishes up, 177th will be closed for two days sometime between January 22 and February 15 for TRF's contractor to pave the street. The work, grinding the old asphalt away and resurfacing, is weather-dependent.
  
   The crossing, and other TRF streets, are expected to open between February 15 and March 1 when traffic signals are turned on, Hart said. Kurt Latt, a Woodinville senior transportation engineer, says the new crossing will also be much safer than the current one to the north.
  
   Traffic signals at the intersection of 178th and Woodinville-Snohomish Road will be tied to approaching trains. When trains come, traffic won't be allowed to cross the tracks, Latt said. The older crossing, a bump over the tracks, will be closed when the new one becomes operational.
  
   Elsewhere at TRF, Barnes and Noble and Petsmart have presented construction drawings, Hart said. Construction on Top Foods, in the Tilton Truss corner of the project, will commence within two weeks, Hart added.