Ramsey Pushes To Add Safety Warnings To Railroad Crossing
A recent car vs. train accident on Main Street demonstrates a need for added warning signs and the possible removal of the crosswalk, officials say
Ramsey officials are working with the county on a project they said could help reduce the number of accidents at the railroad crossing on Main Street.
According to Councilwoman Deirdre Dillon, the borough is working to create more prominent striping on the ground and bigger signs alerting drivers to stop before reaching the tracks.
“We have had incidents where people going down Main Street get trapped on the crossing and their cars get hit by trains,” Dillon said. The latest example happened last month, when an Upper Saddle River woman’s SUV got stuck on the tracks and was smashed into by a train.
The proposed striping and signage would be similar to a project the borough completed at the railroad crossing at Gertzen Plaza on North Central Ave., Dillon said. "The markings there are in your face, they’ve been a helpful warning to people,” she said.
Ramsey Police Chief Bryan Gurney said part of the project may include removing the pedestrian crosswalk nearest the train tracks. “It is too close [to the tracks],” he said. “Cars stop [in the middle of the tracks] for pedestrians at the crosswalk, and then get stuck if a train comes.”
Unlike the Gertez Plaza project, officials say the borough cannot implement the changes alone, because Main Street is a county road.
“I don’t think [getting approval for the project] will be a big deal, it’s just a matter of figuring out who does what,” Gurney said.
Dillon said borough officials are currently in talks with the county to coordinate the project.