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.
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.
The instability resulting from worn and out-of-position inserts becomes clear as traffic crosses over the panel:
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 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.
- Workin’ on the railroad (Photos and videos from June 2019)