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Union Pacific to Close Crossings for Repairs

Starting in January 2013, Union Pacific Railroad will begin replacing track and making crossing repairs between Fort Worth and Dallas.

The railroad is expected to begin work in Grand Prairie on January 22 closing the crossing at NW 23 and NW 19. Once these crossings have opened, the NW 2nd, Center Street, Belt Line, NE 14th St. and Bagdad Road crossings will be closed.

Before any roadway crossings are temporarily closed, Union Pacific Railroad said it coordinates with local authority in order to prepare comprehensive traffic reroute plans that will minimize vehicle delays.

In advance of the project, signs will be placed throughout the project area so the traveling public is aware of the pending crossing closures. Detour signs will also be staged in order to easily identify alternate routes.

In addition to the on-site signs, Union Pacific will provide daily updates regarding crossing closure and opening dates through a voice mail system at 1-877-243-1350.

Union Pacific said it will be using its high-tech Track Renewal Train, known as the TRT 909, to replace the approximately 31 miles of track.

The TRT-909 is a one-of-a-kind tie and rail-laying machine that removes existing wood ties and rail, and installs new concrete, composite, or wood ties and rail while simultaneously cleaning and replacing the ballast located below the track structure. It leaves behind a completely new rail structure that includes quieter continuously welded rail, smooth roadway crossing surfaces, and a clean rail right-of-way free of debris and rail materials.

A map of rail crossing status in Grand Prairie is available online.