Full Closure of Raymur Ave Rail Crossing


The city plans to close the Raymur Ave. railway crossing to address safety concerns and meet Transport Canada’s new safety standards. The initial deadline to install the safety upgrades was the fall of 2021, but Transport Canada extended the deadline to November 2024. The extension allowed the engineering staff to work with a consultant to study different railway safety options. The study built on feedback collected from the Strathcona community and local businesses in 2021.




Changes
The consultant’s assessment confirmed that a full closure of the railway crossing is the only feasible long-term option to meet the new safety standards. As a result, the city will make these changes by fall 2024:
– Add new barriers along the north and south sides of the railway crossing.
– Remove the bell and light warning systems, which will reduce noise in the area.
– Place “do not enter” signs to notify approaching vehicles travelling north (at Raymur Ave near the Hastings overpass bridge) and south (at E Cordova St and Raymur Ave) of the road closure.
– Two-way vehicle travel will continue on both the east and west laneways of Cordova St.

Impacts
– Removing the bell and light warning system will reduce noise in the area.
– People driving, walking, biking, and rolling will not be able to cross the Raymur Avenue railway.
– Drivers in the east laneway can only make right-hand turns going north onto Raymur Avenue. Southbound vehicle travel will not be allowed.
– Drivers in the west laneway can only make right-hand turns going south onto Raymur Avenue. Northbound vehicle travel will not be allowed.