ATWATER -- A troublesome railroad crossing will soon undergo reconstruction to make the rails smoother for motorists, a county official said.
Two sets of rails owned by BNSF Railway cross North Buhach Road near Santa Fe Drive. One set is surrounded by concrete pads, allowing drivers to travel over the tracks on a level surface. The other set is surrounded by old wooden planks held down with spikes.
Over the years as the planks deteriorated, drivers experienced an uneven rocking motion when crossing the tracks. Sometimes the spikes come loose and poke up, causing residents to report the safety hazard to area officials, Atwater City Manager Greg Wellman reported.
Mark Hendrickson, the county's director of commerce, aviation and economic development, works at Castle Commerce Center and drives over the railroad crossing every day.
"I understand this has been a complaint of a lot of folks for many, many years," Hendrickson said.
Hendrickson said he helped put together a conference call with Atwater public works employees and BNSF officials earlier this year to discuss the problems. As a result, BNSF representatives said they would rehabilitate the intersection by the end of April.
"They seemed very eager to resolve the issue as well," Hendrickson said.
BNSF officials were unavailable Monday to give more details about the project, such as when the work will begin.
Reporter Amy Starnes can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.