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West Main to be closed for railroad upgrade

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

Drivers in Lebanon may need to find an alternate route next week.

The city plans to close West Main Street near Greenwood Avenue Monday to upgrade the railroad crossing at that location.

According to Lebanon Public Works Commissioner Jeff Baines, workers will install rubberized railroad crossings at the site.

“It will be much better driving, and it’s being done in anticipation of the state getting ready to pave from West Main Street at the Square toward the Kroger shopping center,” said Baines.

He said city’s goal is to complete the project within four days.

“The alternative [to closing the road entirely] was to try to do half the road, but with this particular location we thought it would be best to try to get it done all at once,” said Baines. 

With the previous option, the city would have closed one lane at a time and completed the work in stages.

“You try to do it half the time, it’s going to be real slow construction and high risk to the construction workers,” said Baines. 

He estimated that method would have taken about two weeks to complete the project.

Closing the road entirely, it will likely be closed from about 7 a.m. Monday through about 5 p.m. Thursday, according to Baines.

The city will put up message boards warning of the impending closure, and signs will mark the detour route. 

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