Old, abandoned railroad tracks on Cherry Street and Sherwood Street in Downtown Fort Collins will soon be removed for safer travel. Beginning June 11, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) will pull out the rails and City crews will repair the road near the intersections of Cherry and Mason Streets, and Sherwood and Sycamore Streets. The work will take approximately two weeks, with road closures only occurring on Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12. Crews will work on the project from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., conditions permitting.
Sherwood Street just north of Sycamore will have one lane closed at a time for removal of the railroad tracks and asphalt patching on June 11, weather permitting. Access to the Lee Martinez Farm will be maintained, however there may be delays to accommodate one-way traffic. The road will be fully open by the end of the day.
Cherry will be closed to through traffic at the railroad crossing west of Mason Street. Traffic will be detoured to College Avenue or Howes Street. The railroad tracks will be removed and the road surface patched with asphalt. Cherry will remain closed all evening between Howes and Mason. The Mason and Cherry intersection will remain open.
On June 12, sidewalks will be repaired in the Sherwood work area. No closures are expected for this operation but please watch for work crews and drive slowly.
Cherry Street reopens to traffic; however, contractors will be working on the sidewalks and gutters; please watch for work crews and drive slowly.
Week of June 18
Both Cherry and Sherwood Streets will receive a final asphalt layer and pavement markings. Lane closures will allow work to be completed without a full road closure. Expect some delays as traffic will be stopped periodically.
More Railroad Work in July 2012
The BNSF Railway is committed to maintaining their tracks in rural and urban environments. The rehabilitation work on the active lines on Mason Street is an example of this maintenance. The railroad tracks and surrounding material will be completely replaced July 23-29. There will be no Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains in the area that week. Mason Street will be closed to all traffic and cross traffic from just south of Cherry Street to north of Laurel Street. However, the Laurel Street intersection will close towards the end of the week for its maintenance. Another east west arterial will reopen at that time to allow for at least two or three options to move east and west across Mason.
Learn more about the construction and replacement of the BNSF railroad tracks and sign up for Mason Street Construction Alerts at fcgov.com/mason