Highway 33 open in Allenton following repair to RR crossing

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Jan. 10, 2017 – Allenton, WI – Highway 33 at the railroad crossing in Allenton reopened just after 10 a.m. today.

Crews were on scene working to repair the approach to the railroad tracks. Over the past few years there have been issues with the rubber composite for the road bed.

That portion of the Canadian National RR doesn’t use wood ties but the bolts used to lag down the approach don’t hold and the studs come loose and stick up 3 to 4 inches.

Crews from the Washington County Highway Department were on hand to fix it again.

We’re waiting for a call back from Washington County Highway Commissioner Scott Schmidt with an update.

 

He said earlier that the problem was multifaceted.

“It’s a combination of the cold weather, the composite material, the bolts used and the lumber around it being old as well as being located in a swampy area,” said Schmidt.

Last November when the area was repaired a spokesperson with Canadian National Railroad said “it’s a rough crossing.”

Photo courtesy Ron Naab

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