Delta will get increased safety for its citizens through installation of railroad crossing gates at two locations, costing about $200,000.
Deaths last February of two young girls and a Delta man at the Union Pacific railroad crossing at 200 North and 400 West prompted the City Council to request a barrier-type crossing signal at the location.It is currently marked with signs and flashing red lights when a train approaches. The city also asked for improvements at 800 North and 300 West, where "near accidents" have occurred.
The city will pay 10 percent and the balance will come from federal highway funds administered by the Utah Department of Transportation.
The need for installing crossing gates took a gigantic stride up UDOT's priority list following the fatal accident, the City Council's request and further studies by the state. It had been 359th on the priority list.
The number of trains passing the crossing, train speeds, the number of tracks, accidents, type of highway, vehicle traffic and other factors were considered in revamping the priority, according to Lillian Witowski, UDOT railroad engineering coordinator.
Dates for installation of the crossing gates are pending funding and signed agreements between the city, the railroad and the state, but it will likely be a year to 18 months.
The city has signed a letter of intent to participate. Equipment will be ordered through the railroad. UDOT officials recommended a 30-foot wide concrete crossing surface and flashing light signals with the crossing gates.