The Grade Crossing Construction project will upgrade five crossings along the future South Coast Rail corridor. The locations span three communities – Freetown, Taunton and New Bedford.
Freetown: Three at-grade crossings will be reconstructed along the Fall River Secondary and approximately 10,500 feet of track will be replaced between the grade crossings. This replaced track will support increased commuter rail speeds.
Taunton: The at-grade crossing at Dean Street will be upgraded. Traffic signal improvements will be implemented there, as well as at the adjacent Dean Street/Arlington Street signalized intersection.
New Bedford: The at-grade crossing at Nash Road will be upgraded and a nearby traffic signal at the Nash Road/Church Street intersection will be improved. The grade crossing improvements also include the reconstruction of approximately 6,500 feet of track and a connection to the Dartmouth Spur.
Railroad safety is always a priority for MassDOT – and this project is proof. Each grade crossing will be equipped with state-of-the-art safety warning devices designed for commuter train tracks. The construction benefits extend beyond the grade crossings themselves. Approximately 10,500 linear feet of track will be rebuilt in Freetown and 6,500 linear feet of new track will be built in New Bedford.
Grade crossing construction began in late 2014 and is expected to wrap up in April 2016.