A rough railroad crossing on Hyacinth Street NE – highlighted in the Keizertimes.com SeeClickFix feature – is set for repair by October.
In the meantime speeds have been reduced to 25 miles per hour over the Union Pacific rail crossing – coming from Keizer, that’s the second crossing just prior to reaching Portland Road NE.
“We’re advising motorists it is a very rough crossing and to slow down well in advance so people don’t come speeding up behind you,” said Brian Hildebrandt, street services supervisor for the City of Salem.
The repair will close the crossing for several days, and is weather-dependent, Hildebrandt said.
A poster to the SeeClickFix.com feature said a “huge pothole with metal plates and bolts” caused this person a flat tire and broken motor mount.
Hildebrandt did note the railroad has up to 18 months to make the fix per federal law. The tentative plan calls for repaving the whole crossing.
“This has been a long time coming; we’ve been working at this for two years,” Hildebrandt said.
You can point out problem areas throughout Salem-Keizer at Keizertimes.com. Additional issues reported to us include:
• Burned-out streetlights on Dee Court and in 2100 block of Northtree Drive.
• Shrubbery impeding visibility at Rivercrest Drive N. and Dennis Lane N.
• A bumpy manhole in front of Shari’s on River Road in Keizer.
• Potholes on Wallace Road NW in west Salem.