Signs of the times come to Price rail crossings
The rail line that runs through Price has been in place a very long time, over 120 years. In that time there have been numerous crossings put in place and accidents over those years have brought new safety measures which include flashing lights and arms that come down to stop traffic.
But not all crossings have electronic warnings and even those that do often haven't had enough advance warning signs for motorists and pedestrians that need to cross those busy rails.
In October, the Utah Department of Transportation let Price City know that a number of crossings in the city were out of compliance with state regulations when it came to some signage and pavement markings. The state was specific about what needed to be done to bring the city up to compliance.
"When we looked into it after the inspection from UDOT we found several crossings were out of compliance," said Scott Olsen, the supervisor of the city roads department last week Tuesday during a presentation to the Price City Council at one of their regular meetings. "Municipalities are responsible for the maintenance of rail crossing safety measures so we went to work."
The city's road department started to come up with a plan to put the city in compliance with the state rules by first going to all the crossings noted in the inspection, determining what needed to be done to bring the crossings up to standard and then they measured for signage while there.
Soon the department was ordering signs, poles and anchors to put the measures in place. As for the asphalt markings the road department got together with the UDOT paint crew which provided the Price crew with paint and glass beads to apply the markings. UDOT also provided a stencil so the markings put in would be the proper size and shape.
"All together the project cost the city $2,018.91," said Olsen. "The new signs meet not only state standards, but also federal standards that will go into affect in 2014. We are going to incorporate the pavement markings into our own yearly program of repainting we already do."
With the 21 new signs and some road paint the city is now in full compliance with Utah Administrative Rule R930-5.