Railroad crossing to get midnight makeover

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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If you drive near Boyd on Farm Road 51, Farm Road 730 or Texas 114, you’ve probably seen the flashing signs.

“SH 114 in Boyd closed Saturday.”

Boyd Police Chief Greg Arrington saw the signs, too – and instead of waiting for a call from someone, he started making calls to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Union Pacific Railroad to find out what was about to happen on the busy thoroughfare through his town.

“They’re going to put in a whole new crossing,” he said. “They’re going to start Saturday night about midnight, and they should be done before dawn.”

Union Pacific will work on the railroad crossing, and TxDOT will have personnel on hand to help redirect traffic to North Wilson St., which heads north off 114 just west of the railroad crossing and intersects with 730.

Drivers on 114 heading east will take the Wilson Street cutoff, go north and come back to 114 on 730. Westbound drivers will be directed north on 730 and back down to 114 on North Wilson.

“I don’t foresee a huge problem, especially at those hours,” Arrington said. “At nighttime, traffic should be a non-issue.”

He said it was unlikely there would be more than 100 to 200 cars all night long.

“Traffic should be pretty light, pretty easy,” he said.

The Boyd PD hasn’t been asked to provide any extra personnel during the closure.

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