JASPER, MO.--- A railroad crossing project to make driving safer in Jasper is now complete. More than two years ago, Jasper County, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Northern Arkansas Railroad began plans to improve the crossing on North Main Street north of Jasper.
"It was a dangerous intersection," said Michael Atkinson, Engineer for Allgeier Martin and Associates.
This railroad crossing was once the site of many accidents.
"None of them of course were train related, but it was just a difficult approach alignment," said Atkinson.
One person also died along the tracks.
"It was just a bad sight distance. The railroad is at an angle with the road itself," said Jim Honey, Jasper County Commissioner.
Tuesday, city and county leaders and other officials marked the opening of the improved railroad crossing on North Main Street in Jasper.
"Now as motorists approach the intersection, they can see the entire roadway," said Atkinson.
This is one of the major improvements. Now once drivers cross the tracks, they drive straight. As drivers crossed the tracks, the road took a sharp left turn and dropped. MODOT paid to install signals and the gates. The county paid to realign the road. The Jasper police chief says these improvements are a boost for drivers' safety.
"This is a great improvement. The roadway is straight, it's clear, it's level," said Jeremy Albright, Jasper Police Chief.
The project cost more than $500,000.
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