I managed the construction of a pedestrian tunnel in RR ROW under a 4 lane road. We built it 1/2 at a time. The railroad used the tacks, maybe 15-20 times a YEAR. During the school year, 27 buses crossed the tracks 4 times a day.Can you imagine the delay with 27 buses stopping on a single lane road?
I worked with MDOT to get a exempt crossing. I covered all the signs and lights. The tracks were removed on both sides due to utility work. I was not allowed to post the "Exempt Crossing" sign. The school bus drivers continued to stop until the school district transportation supervisor gave them a letter stating they did not have to stop. The hazmats - propane's, gasoline, diesel and chemical haulers all stopped. No one with a CDL wants the ticket resulting from not stopping. They won't take a chance and err on the side of caution.
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