Needles, CA: Officials from the City of Needles and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will meet today to discuss the North K Street Underpass.
As you all have seen on ZachNews and on social media over the last few years, tall semi trucks, campers and recreational vehicles have tried unsuccessfully to clear the low clearance North K Street Underpass in Needles, California.
Despite signage and height bars ahead of the underpass alerting drivers of tall semi trucks, campers and recreational vehicles to not drive through the underpass because of their height, drivers ignore those signs and bars, continuing towards the underpass and colliding into the underpass causing damage to their vehicle and in some case the underpass, including replacing a metal beam and concrete that was damaged from a vehicle collision that occurred a few months ago.
In severe damage incidents, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which their railway runs over the underpass have to go out and repair the damaged portion of the underpass, which had to be closed for a few days following the collision for repairs.
Happening on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, officials from the City of Needles and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway are planning to meet to discuss what to do with the North K Street Underpass.
The location of this meeting wasn’t publicize or if it’s open to the public when brought up at previous City of Needles meetings.
According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “There continue to be vehicles that disregard multiple traffic warning signs and hit the bridge, upon which sit railroad ties and rails. This is a critical national link in the BNSF rail system carrying over 100 trains per day. The City has added warning signs to the point of becoming clutter. Travelers disregard or intentionally bypass those warning devices. The City was recently contacted by the BNSF Railroad seeking a meeting to discuss the possible closure of the underpass. That meeting will be held this week. The City Council members were very clear when informed at their last meeting that they want the underpass kept operational and available for local and regional traffic.”
Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest on the future of the North K Street Underpass.
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