Ridgefield Rail Overpass Project - 2007
The Port of Ridgefield hosted a second community open house on Wednesday, April 25, at the Ridgefield Community Center to present the preferred alternative for the Ridgefield Rail Overpass Project.
After a two-phase evaluation of several crossing options, combined with community input, the project team is recommending the Pioneer Street Overpass alternative for further study. The proposed overpass will replace the two current street-level rail crossings (at Mill and Division Streets) with a single crossing over the BNSF rail line into the Port and Lake River waterfront area. By separating road from rail, the new crossing will deliver a variety of benefits for the community, Port, house boat residents, and railroad, including:
- Safer access to and from the Port and waterfront area for vehicles and pedestrians.
- Unobstructed access into the Port and waterfront area. This is especially important in emergency situations.
- Improved rail mobility. Unimpeded by the street-level crossings, trains would be able to move through the Ridgefield area faster and safer.
- Fewer train whistles. In the absence of street-level crossings, trains would not be required to blow their whistles as frequently as a warning to drivers and pedestrians.