Burke Street to close for railroad crossing repairs

Burke will be closed between Center and Oak for three weeks as railroad repairs, improves crossing

The Sun-Gazette

VISALIA – While much of the city is focused on road work at Akers Street and Highway 198, those living and working in downtown should be ready to deal with lane closures on Burke Street.

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, Burke Street will be closed between Center and School avenues. Posted detour routes will be along Center Avenue, Tipton Street and School Avenue. Visalia civil engineer Mike Porter said the work should be completed by Friday, Feb. 21.

“We encourage motorists to utilize the posted detours and alternate routes,” added Porter. “The road closure is required so that work can be completed as quickly as possible to restore normal traffic circulation and railroad operations.”

The closure will allow the San Joaquin Valley Railroad (SJVR) to repair and improve the railroad crossing on Burke Street and its Oak Avenue alignment just north of Center Avenue. SJVR’s work will include replacing old track, and adding new concrete panels, flashing signals and crossing arms at the existing crossing located on Burke Street and the alignment of Oak Avenue. In coordination with the railroad’s work, Porter said the city will be repaving the intersection and adding raised concrete medians, curb, gutter, sidewalk and new crosswalk striping.

For more information on this project, contact Mike Porter, City of Visalia Civil Engineer at (559) 713-4412 or at [email protected].

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