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Railway crossing maintenance FAQ

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  1. What is railway crossing maintenance?
  2. When does railway crossing maintenance occur?
  3. How is railway crossing maintenance completed?
  4. What can you do to help?

1. What is railway crossing maintenance?

 

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The maintenance of street level, railway crossings, is a collaborative effort between CP Rail, CN Rail and City of Calgary Roads. Guidelines and responsibilities for crossings have been mandated by Transport Canada. The physical responsibility for railway crossing surface removal rests with the railway. Costs for removal are based on junior/senior status. For private crossings [non CN/CP owned track] the responsibility for physical removal would be with the track owner and costs would be based on junior/senior status.

2. When does railway crossing maintenance occur?

City of Calgary Roads maintains a detailed inventory of all level crossings within The City. An annual Condition survey of crossings is done to identify repair requirements. In addition to the survey, Roads also respond to 311 enquiries. Routine maintenance is programmed through the current construction season on agreement between the Rail Authority and Calgary Roads.

3. How is railway crossing maintenance completed?

In most cases, the railway will perform light maintenance of the surface, up to 45 centimetres, outside of the rail, if not a paved surface. Rehabilitation of the crossing surface will be based on stakeholder agreement and junior/senior status. All railway crossing warning system maintenance is performed by the Rail Authority. The scope of railway crossing maintenance can vary from applying a small patch to restore ride quality or rebuilding the entire crossing. The Rail Authority perform all track work.

Where LRT crossings share the right of way with the Rail Authority, maintenance responsibility is outlined in the Master Agreement for land lease. LRT is responsible for the road crossing maintenance on leased land. The City’s traffic signals team is contracted by LRT to maintain the gates and signal systems.

4. What can you do to help?

  • When passing through any crossing construction zone please drive carefully and obey speed limits.
  • Watch for obstacles; such as dips in the pavement.
  • It is important motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians approach construction zones with patience and understanding.