News Update!!: Needles, CA: North K Street Underpass to remain open following City of Needles, California Public Utility Commission and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway meeting.
According to a press release from the Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the City of Needles met with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, and the California Public Utility Commission regarding the North K Street Underpass possible closure due to repeated vehicle accidents.
The clearance under the underpass structure is 8” which is too low for many trucks, campers, and RV’s.
The bridge structure is a critical segment to the BNSF transcontinental railway carrying over 100 trains per day.
Vehicle damage to the bridge would cause a major disruption to the nation’s rail transport and Amtrak system.
In 2010 BNSF placed a protective beam in front of the railroad bridge on both sides to prevent vehicles from contacting the bridge structure.
Vehicle incidents involve hitting that protective beam and not the bridge itself.
“The K Street underpass is a critical regional and local transportation link between the
I-40 and the Arizona Bridge and must be kept open”, said Rick Daniels, Needles City Manager.
“The City has undertaken every reasonable notification measure to warn drivers of the height limitation at the underpass and will continue to do so,” said City Councilmember Tim Terral.
The meeting concluded with a commitment to protect the bridge structure, keep the underpass open to through traffic and monitor ways to minimize accidents.
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