Colgate Road to close in Town of Lisbon
Town Line, North roads suggested alternatives
Town of Lisbon - Colgate Road, which for decades has served Lisbon residents as a north-south connector road to Highway Q, will be closed permanently sometime between June 5 and 15,according to town officials.
The road will be closed about a mile south of Highway Q at the Canadian National Railway vehicle crossing, which has been ordered shut down by state railroad authorities.
Town Administrator Jeff Musche said that the state railroad commissioner has ordered that the crossing must be closed within 10 days before June 15.
Town officials and local businesses objected to the railroad's request to the state to close the crossing for safety reasons.
Railroad officials contended the crossing was unsafe because the tracks cross the road at such a sharp angle that it is difficult for motorists to see oncoming trains.
Because of the unusual angle of the intersection of the road and railroad tracks, crossing gates could not be installed to prevent cars from crossing the tracks in front oncoming trains, according to railroad officials.
However, town officials pointed out during a public hearing last summer that there has not been an accident at the crossing for decades.
Owners of nearby businesses, including an auto repair shop and a shop that specialized in repairing racing motorcycles, complained to state and local officials that closing the road that served as a link between Highway Q and North Lisbon Road would make it more difficult for customers - particularly those who were from out of town - to find their businesses.
Fire Chief Doug Brahm also warned that closing the road would increase response times for medical emergencies and fires on the north end of the town.
The Town Board, which had also objected to theclosing, awarded a contract at Monday night's Town Board meeting for $106,621 for construction of cul-de-sacs at the north and south side of the rail crossing, which will be fenced after it is closed.
Most of the construction costs for the cul-de-sacs will be paid for by the railroad, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.
However, a T-shaped dead end may have to be temporarily installed this summer while the town negotiates with a property owner over right-of-way needed to complete the cul-de-sac on the south side of the closed crossing.
Musche advised motorists who use Colgate Road to access Highway Q should begin using either North Road, which also links Highway Q and North Lisbon Road, or Town Line Road.
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