Chandler roadway to close Sunday for repairs

Published on Thursday, 6 February 2014 23:43 - Written by From MCT Direct News Service

One of Chandler’s busiest roadways will close Sunday as Union Pacific Railroad makes needed repairs to the tracks near Farm-to-Market Road 315 South.

FM 315 will be closed at the railroad tracks only, but it will split Chandler in half, forcing motorists to find alternate routes into the city.

The roadway is expected to close at 2 p.m., Sunday, and reopen once the work is finished. It is estimated that work will finish by 7 p.m.

The detour proposed by the railroad routes motorists down County Road 3079 near Rock Hill Baptist Church.

“There will be a Chandler police car with officer, and a fire engine on both sides of the track during that time,” Chandler City Administrator John Taylor said. “EMS has also been notified and encouraged to make similar plans. The railroad has stated that provisions will be made for emergency vehicles to cross in an emergency, if necessary.”

Taylor said the city will utilize its CodeRed system Thursday to notify all those who have signed up for the service.

In another effort to notify motorists, the railroad has placed an electronic sign on the southside of the tracks.

“This stresses the need for Chandler to continue to strive for another railroad crossing,” Taylor said. “As identified in our Master Thoroughfare Plan, this future second crossing will likely be at Sawmill Road.”

Sawmill Road is located west of the Chandler Memorial Cemetery off Old Tyler Road. Future plans call for the road to be extended to State Highway 31. Recently, an extension of Sawmill Road was approved on the north side of Highway 31, as part of the Brookshire’s grocery store expansion.

Taylor said the construction company doing Sunday’s railroad work has worked with the city to avoid major problems.

“I want to acknowledge that Herman Manrriquez with RoadSafe, a consultant working on railroad projects, has continued to work with the city to find the day and time that will have the least disruption,” Taylor said. “Union Pacific originally planned on an all-day Friday closing, which would have had a major impact to Chandler.”

Taylor said that if anyone has concerns with the closing, they should contact Manrriquez. The consultant can be reached at 775-356-0103 or 775-291-4649.