MnDOT to Fund NLR Grade-Crossing Upgrades

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) Rail Safety Office is earmarking approximately $750,000 for improvements to five railroad grade crossings on Northern Lines Railway (NLR) in St. Cloud and Waite Park. Three crossings will be improved in 2018 and two more will be improved in 2019.

“We’re very pleased to partner with the state on these important upgrades,” said NLR President Justin Chalich. “This underscores our strong commitment to safety, for both our employees and the public we serve.”

The following grade crossings will be improved:

  • 2nd Avenue N. in Waite Park - the existing signal system replaced with new flashing lights and gates;
  • Ridgewood Road (County 134) in St. Cloud - the existing signal system replaced with new flashing lights, gates, and cantilevers;
  • Saukview Drive in Waite Park - the existing signal system upgraded using relocated equipment from the Lincoln Avenue N.E. crossing in St. Cloud;
  • 10th Avenue S. in Waite Park - the crossing upgraded using relocated equipment from the U.S. 10 crossing in St. Cloud; and
  • 28th Avenue S. in Waite Park - the crossing upgraded with new LED lights.

NLR is a subsidiary of Anacostia Rail Holdings and operates on approximately 25 miles of track in the St. Cloud area.