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City of Colorado Springs / City Engineering / PPRTA Projects / Roadway Safety and Traffic Operations / Las Vegas Railroad Crossing

Las Vegas Railroad Crossing

The Railroad Crossing Survey is currently closed.

If you have comments for the project team, please call the project hotline number [385-5877(LVRR)] and leave a message, or contact the team via the email addresses at the bottom of the page.

      THE PROBLEM

·         The intersection of Royer Street and the railroad track is not a standard crossing design due to the steep vertical grades at the track, and the limited spacing between

Las Vegas Crossing
Las Vegas Crossing
Las Vegas Street and the tracks, which allows about two vehicles to wait between the tracks and Las Vegas Street.

·         The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has recorded 25 accidents at this crossing from 1975 to 2009.

·         No fatalities have occured with these accidents, but half of the accidents included injuries.

·         Accidents are primarily caused by "high-centering", where a truck or car bottoms out while crossing the tracks and becomes stuck.

 

WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO-DATE?

·         Following the most recent accident in December 2009, signs were installed, banning trucks longer than a typical single unit delivery truck (20 ft between axles).

·         Since then, there have been three more incidents involving high-centered vehicles, causing train delays. The most recent incident occurred November 11, 2010.

·         If another accident occurs at the crossing, closure may be considered for public safety.

WHAT IS BEING DONE?

·         The City of Colorado Springs is beginning a feasibility study to determine if the crossing should be redesigned, closed, or moved to another location in the area.

·         The feasibility study, which will include a public involvement process, is expected to last through the first half of 2011.

 

WHERE ARE WE NOW?

·         We are early in the process listening to public concerns and issues.

·         The City is conducting an online survey of area residents, business owners and other stakeholders to determine how people use the Royer Street crossing and the Las Vegas corridor in general.

·         Once the team has collected public comments, they will incorporate them into the study process.

·         A list of promising alternatives that best address the purpose and need of the study and comments will be presented later during the public involvement process.

 

HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?

·         Complete the public survey, available at www.springsgov.com/lvrr.

·         Visit www.springsgov.com/lvrr to learn more about the project.

·         Contact the project team at 719-385-5877 (LVRR), ask to be included in any public communications.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For additional information about the project, contact:

 

Dave Krauth, City Traffic Engineer, City of Colorado Springs

dkrauth@springsgov.com

(719) 385-5908

 

Colleen Dawson, Project Manager, City of Colorado Springs,

cdawson@springsgov.com

(719) 385-5436