Greenbrier residents may notice activity along Old Greenbrier Pike and Industrial Drive as road improvements are under way, which are part of a more than $250,000 project that will also include updating two railroad crossings in the city, officials say.
A federal aid program known as the Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Program will fund 90 percent of the $266,509 price tag to update railroad crossings at Industrial Drive and East Main Street and improve a stretch of road along Old Greenbrier Pike and Industrial Drive in front of Louise Martin Community Park.
According to City Recorder Rachel Slusser, the city is responsible for the remaining 10 percent of the cost totaling $26,651.
Superintendent Tommy Maitland said city officials requested a meeting with state and CSX officials last summer after four accidents had occurred at the Industrial Drive-Old Greenbrier Pike intersection over a three-year period.
"When we met with them, they deemed it as a dangerous crossing and felt an upgrade needed to be done," Maitland said. Maitland said the project includes paving work along an 800 to 1,000 ft. stretch of Old Greenbrier Pike, to include a new left-turn lane onto Industrial Drive. Approximately, 500 feet along Industrial Drive will be paved to include some leveling. Crews began working a few weeks ago with an Oct. 22 completion date expected, according to Maitland.
CSX will also install crossing arms at the railroad tracks along Industrial Drive and East Main Street, which currently do not have gates, and both locations will be fitted with updated LED lights, Maitland said. However, Slusser said the expected completion date for the railroad crossing improvements has yet to be established.
"It's going to be nice, and much safer than it has been," said Mayor Bonnette Dawson during last week's board of mayor and aldermen meeting.