Railroad to improve crossing on Akers near Goshen


VISALIA – Unlike the High Speed Rail Authority, traditional railroad companies work with tight deadlines in small windows to keep the trains moving and the traffic flowing through crossings.

Exeter-based San Joaquin Valley Railroad will make improvements to the railway at the Akers Road crossing just north of Goshen Avenue this weekend. Norm Goldstrom, Public Works Project Manager for the City of Visalia, said the project will replace the crossing with new rails and concrete pads. The project will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at end by the early afternoon of Monday, May 20. Akers will be completely closed at the intersection while the work is being done.

“Crews will be working around the clock to complete this huge undertaking,” Goldstrom said. “We apologize in advance for any noise, congestion, or inconvenience that is caused as a result of this work throughout the weekend.”

The signal at Goshen Avenue and Akers Road will be placed in flashing red light sequence for the construction time period (including Monday). This could result in significant traffic congestion and delays during peak travel times. The City of Visalia is asking drivers to anticipate the need for extra time to get through this intersection and it is highly recommended that motorists use the posted detour routes.

Akers Road will have no access between Elowin Avenue and Goshen Avenue, allowing local access only south on Akers from Ferguson Avenue.  Trucks will be prohibited south of Ferguson Avenue. A temporary ramp built over the median will allow traffic to U-turn and go north on Akers and depart the residential areas directly north of the crossing.  Posted detours will be Shirk Street on the west and Demaree Street on the east via Goshen and Ferguson Avenue.

Law enforcement will have emergency access to the roadway during the closure and the nearby residents and businesses will have local access to their properties.

For additional information, contact Norm Goldstrom, Public Works Manager, City of Visalia Public Works Department, at (559) 713-4186 or at [email protected]

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