Expect traffic delays in the Turlock Downtown area Tuesday, August 2 through Thursday, August 4, as Union Pacific Railroad will be closing down the Main Street crossing and the Olive Avenue crossing.
Union Pacific is replacing railroad ties to eliminate temporary speed restrictions. Frequently called "slow orders," these restrictions are put into effect when track conditions require reduced speeds and are then removed as normal track conditions are restored.
Union Pacific workers prepping for the replacement said today that even a quarter of an inch dip in height could lower the track speed from 70 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour.
The impending Union Pacific project will result in continuous closure of the crossings for both vehicles and pedestrians.
“These are heavily used crossings and traffic delays and congestion is going to occur,” said City Engineer Mike Pitcock. “So if possible, please use alternate routes.”
Pitcock said that detours will be in place and will most likely to be directed towards Marshall and Canal Drive crossings.
City staff will be working in conjunction with the project to help with traffic control, but be advised during those days of traffic delays.