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Main Street To Close for Rail Crossing Repairs

Two-week project announced by PennDOT

PennDOT and Norfolk Southern Railroad will be closing Main Street and Arch Street in Royersford over a two- or three-week period to replace the railroad crossings, according to a PennDOT press release today. 

Royersford Borough manager Michael Leonard said the announcement was a surprise to the borough.

"I just found out about it a little while ago," Leonard told Patch.

Construction is expected to start August 6 on Main Street. When Main Street is completed, the construction will move to the railroad crossing at 2nd Avenue and Arch Street. Leonard said the project is expected to take two to three weeks depending on the weather.

Leonard said there will be detours posted while the construction is going on. 

"Fron Main Street you'll turn left on 2nd Avenue, right on Arch Street, then right on 1st Avenue," Leonard said. 

Leoanrd said that PennDOT and Norfolk Southern wanted to complete Arch Street first, but Leonard "convinced them not to because of the school buses."

"Buses go down Main Street," Leonard said. "I didn't want them to have to go around the world."

JD3 July 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM
More great planning by our planning commissioners. Do it when the bridge is closed? Nope. How about when the SC side of Main Street is worked on. Again, nope. Instead let's close or inconvenience drivers of that busy stretch of road for a third time. What a great idea!
Mike July 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
The planning commission has nothing to do with a State road and a Federal railroad. They have no authority in to interfere to interstate commerce. Is what the planning commission does is review sub- division plans that developers present to them. They reView them and recommend changes. The law gives them no more authority. Is what confuses me and everyone else in town is, why would you thing a housing planing commission would have anything to do with a federal railroad??? Everyone else is simply driving around via First ave to Arch to second.
local observer July 29, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I already can't get out of my driveway on 2nd ave. As it is at 7am so I'm very sure this will be great! I do hope,though that most motorists will use an alternate route like they did when the bridge was closed. Its a long needed upgrade ( the grade crossings) to help keep the cars moving along at 40 in a 25mph zone!!!
Bagman August 02, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Does anyone know if the bridge will be closed to foot traffic as well during this period?
Lorie August 02, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I am new to the area and am wondering if I am coming from Spring CIty and normally would go thru Royersford to get on to 422 E.... is there another route to get there or will the detours take me there?

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