DelDOT Repairing Record Number of Railroad Crossings - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

DelDOT Repairing Record Number of Railroad Crossings

Posted:

DOVER, Del. - Railroad crossings in Delaware are getting a makeover.  DelDOT workers are expected to make repairs to 42 crossings this year. It's a project that's been years in the making.

"We've been trying to get them done for a long time," said DelDOT railroad program manager Bob Perrine.

Perrine says it's a big project that's never been done before. There are 362 crossing in the state. On average, DelDOT repairs about eight railroad crossings per year.
 
"In the past 10 years we've done less with those crossings then we would have liked. It's very difficult to get with the railroad and partner to get these accomplished," said Perrine.

Repairs to 25 crossings are now complete. Seventeen remain on the schedule.

Perrine says the repairs are not to improve safety, but ride quality.

"This is more of a quality of experience with that car on the tracks. The smoother the crossing is the longer the crossing lives. Wood in contact with the ground only lives so long. As they start to deteriorate, the pavement starts to deteriorate then the quality of that crossing deteriorate," said Perrine.

Over the past ten years, Delaware has had an average of 5.8 grade crossing collisions per year.

Although the number of crashes have leveled off, DelDOT continues to work with the federal government to receive funding for further safety improvements.

"We get about $1 million a year just to address safety. From the state side we get about the same, $1 million a year. We have about $2 million to spend on our program," said Perrine.
     
Route 404 in Sussex County and the crossing at Route 113 in Milford are next on the repair schedule.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Crabs and Watermelons at Annapolis Stadium

    Crabs and Watermelons at Annapolis Stadium

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:25 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:25:30 GMT
    Crabs and watermelon are the stars of a giant summertime feast open to the public at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.More
    Crabs and watermelon are the stars of a giant summertime feast open to the public at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.More
  • WBOC and FOX21 Reach Agreement with DIRECTV

    WBOC and FOX21 Reach Agreement with DIRECTV

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:53:43 GMT
    Craig Jahelka, vice president general manager of WBOC-TV issued the following statement early Friday: "WBOC-TV and FOX21 are pleased to announce we will continue to be available to DIRECTV subscribers. We have reached an agreement designed to secure continued carriage of our top-rated stations on DIRECTV for the foreseeable future. "We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the support and understanding our family, friends and neighbors here on Delmarva have demons...More
    Craig Jahelka, vice president general manager of WBOC-TV issued the following statement early Friday: "WBOC-TV and FOX21 are pleased to announce we will continue to be available to DIRECTV subscribers. We have reached an agreement designed to secure continued carriage of our top-rated stations on DIRECTV for the foreseeable future. "We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the support and understanding our family, friends and neighbors here on Delmarva have demons...More
  • Trimper's Rides Sued for 2012 Accident

    Trimper's Rides Sued for 2012 Accident

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:32:35 GMT
    Friday June 28, 2012 started out as a normal day at the amusement park for J and his family until they rode the Hampton I, a mini car and truck ride.More
    Friday June 28, 2012 started out as a normal day at the amusement park for J and his family until they rode the Hampton I, a mini car and truck ride.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Credit Card Scam Hits Ocean City

    Credit Card Scam Hits Ocean City

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:46:29 GMT
    OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Police Department is advising citizens of a recent cyber-attack that compromised the security of numerous credit card processing companies nationwide.More
    OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Police Department is advising citizens of a recent cyber-attack that compromised the security of numerous credit card processing companies nationwide.More
  • Easton Woman Charged with Murder of Virginia Tech Student

    Easton Woman Charged with Murder of Virginia Tech Student

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:48:41 GMT
    A 22-year-old Easton, Md. woman has been charged with both first- and second-degree murder in Virginia's Montgomery County Circuit Court.More
    A 22-year-old Easton, Md. woman has been charged with both first- and second-degree murder in Virginia's Montgomery County Circuit Court.More
  • Trimper's Rides Sued for 2012 Accident

    Trimper's Rides Sued for 2012 Accident

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:32:35 GMT
    Friday June 28, 2012 started out as a normal day at the amusement park for J and his family until they rode the Hampton I, a mini car and truck ride.More
    Friday June 28, 2012 started out as a normal day at the amusement park for J and his family until they rode the Hampton I, a mini car and truck ride.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service