Safety Gates coming to Pulis RR Crossing


rrcrossingA “diagnostic team”, consisting of representatives of the Borough of Franklin Lakes, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway Corporation and the County of Bergen, has recommended the installation of automatic safety gates at the railroad crossing on Pulis Avenue in Franklin Lakes.  The safety gates and related safety improvements at the railroad crossing will be installed by the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway with funding from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.  It is anticipated that the work will be done by the end of this year.

The Borough has been actively seeking the installation of safety gates.  Franklin Lakes Mayor Frank Bivona has been reaching out to State, railroad and County officials to ask that they study this intersection and consider the installation of safety gates.  At a meeting held on January 31, it was agreed that the safety gates would improve the safety of this railroad crossing, and that safety gates and related improvements would be installed.  Mayor Bivona commented, “Because this is a County road and the railroad is regulated by State and Federal authorities, the Borough had limited ability to assure that gates be installed.  However, I was determined to push this decision as much as I could.  It is gratifying that the Department of Transportation and the railroad have agreed to move forward with this project.  Our focus will now turn to getting this work done as soon as feasible.”

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