WAUKESHA — Construction for the Waukesha County Sealed Corridor Project will be delayed after bids to improve railroad crossings along the Canadian Pacific Railway came in far higher than expected, said Lisa Stern, chief of railroads and harbors at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Rather than a fall time frame for railroad crossing reconstruction, Stern anticipates work to begin in the spring, she said. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration are installing safety features and improving roadways at crossings located on the “Soo Line rail corridor,” which spans across multiple communities in western portions of the county.
In 2016, the FRA awarded a $3 million grant to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to increase safety at 11 railroad crossings along 10 miles of the Canadian Pacific rail line. WisDOT matched those funds with $750,000, Stern said.
Although Stern previously told The Freeman that new warning devices and signals have been installed at the Duplainville Road crossing just north of R&D Industrial Park, she was mistaken, Stern recently told a Freeman reporter.
Instead, Stern meant that warning devices and signals had been installed at the Maple Avenue crossing, she said. “They pretty much replaced in kind what they had there, it’s just upgraded equipment,” Stern said.