Just found out that a new railroad underpass has been planned for years in the Fraser Valley – and it is targeted to be built starting next year. Specifically, a “grade-separated” crossing is scheduled for development through the Grand Park community between Winter Park and Fraser, crossing the tracks just over 500 feet from the “at-grade crossing” at King’s Crossing Road.
A grade-separated crossing is basically a fancy word for an underpass. In contrast, the “at-grade” goes across the tracks instead of passing underneath them. Examples of an at-grade crossing include King’s Crossing Road and Vasquez Road in Winter Park, where it’s common to encounter lengthy traffic delays due to trains – like the one just a couple weeks ago.
With the grade-separated crossing, the railroad tracks will travel over a bridge, and the roadway will pass underneath. This underpass will benefit Winter Park and the Fraser Valley in a number of ways.
The underpass will create a safer community. Unlike an at-grade crossing, which places cars, cyclists, and pedestrians in positions of potential accidents involving trains, an underpass doesn’t. Automobiles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and even pets will pass safely under the tracks instead of having to cross over them.
Additionally, the underpass means no one will have to wait for a train to pass, unlike the lengthy waits that can occur at at-grade crossings like King’s Crossing Road. This also means that if there is an emergency west of the tracks you will not have to wait for fire trucks, ambulances, and other emergency responders. An underpass will also be more convenient for town residents and guests alike. No more getting caught by trains!
Construction of the underpass is scheduled to begin within the next year or so, but the project is now facing a challenge because the Town of Winter Park – who supported the project – no longer wants to honor their commitment. The Fraser Valley community needs to let Winter Park know that the underpass is a safer, more convenient, better option for the community – like the past Winter Park Council knew when they agreed to support and participate in the project.
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