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Railroad crossing construction will close 186th St and Wentworth Ave for two weeks

Starting Friday, June 2

LANSING, Ill. (May 26, 2023) – Even before the orange information signs were posted, observant drivers could see that CSX was getting ready to work on the rail lines in Lansing. New railroad ties have been stacked by the tracks, and a load of rubber inserts awaits installation. Beginning Friday, June 2, 186th Street will be closed at the crossing near Ridgewood Avenue, and Wentworth Avenue will be closed at the crossing south of the former Lansing Country Club.

Other crossings in Lansing — at Burnham Avenue and Thornton-Lansing Road — are not scheduled for construction and will not be closed on June 2.

Already on May 7, stacks of railroad ties had been placed at the 186th Street crossing and the Wentworth Avenue crossing pictured here. The green painted dots on the tracks indicate ties that need to be replaced. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Replacing decaying railroad ties is routine maintenance for CSX and other rail companies, as the Journal reported in 2019. The work scheduled for this June is more involved, as the crossing itself needs repair.

Already two weeks ago, railroad crews sliced through the asphalt at the crossings in preparation for renovation. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Between the track and the panel, a rubber crossing insert has shifted out of position. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The instability resulting from worn and out-of-position inserts becomes clear as traffic crosses over the panel:

A pile of crossing inserts awaits installation. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The CSX Railroad crosses through Lansing at seven different streets, but only Wentworth Avenue and 186th Street will be undergoing maintenance on June 2. The project is scheduled to take two weeks to complete.

The seven railroad crossings in Lansing are: Volbrecht Road, Thornton-Lansing Road, Ridge Road, Torrence Avenue, Burnham Avenue, 186th Street, and Wentworth Avenue.
Wentworth Avenue is one of two railroad crossings in Lansing that will be closed on June 2 for two weeks. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Village of Lansing sent an alert on May 26 about the closings via the new CivicReady system. Residents interested in receiving such information can sign up for the free alerts at public.alertsense.com.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


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