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New crossing coming to country intersection

POSTED April 16, 2018 4:46 p.m.

 Fuzzy Brewer Corner will get a new railroad crossing after action by the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

Commissioners approved a three-party agreement paving the way for the installation of an improved railroad crossing on NW 30 Avenue just north of K-96. This is a joint Kansas Department of Transportation/county project at the Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad Company’s tracks.

“This will be a nice upgrade for this railroad crossing,” said County Engineer Barry McManaman.

The Kansas Department of Transportation submitted an agreement for Barton County for the project, McManaman said. This involves the construction of a new railroad crossing surface, signals and gates at the site.

The Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad and its subcontractors will perform the work and KDOT will pay for 100 percent of the cost with federal money, McManaman said. Since the project is located on a county road, the commission is asked to sign a contract. 

McManaman said the county will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of advance warning signs and pavement markings on both county and township roads. However, these are already in place.

“There is no cost to the county,” McManaman said. It will have to make sure the signage is up to date. 

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