Railroad crossing repairs close Nanaimo street

NANAIMO – Milton Street will close to allow for repairs to a railroad crossing.

Nanaimo’s Milton Street will be closed to traffic for three days beginning today (Oct.4)  to make way for railroad crossing repairs.

Drivers are being asked to avoid Milton Street, between Hecate and Albert streets, from today until Thursday (Oct. 6).

Southern Rail and the City of Nanaimo are working on a construction project at the railroad crossing that will see old rubber mats replaced with new rubber flanges, according to a city press release.

The work is aimed at creating a smoother travel surface and transition across the tracks.

“The replacement of the old rubber mats with new rubber flanges and asphalt paving will improve crossing longevity and improve motorist ride over the railroad crossing,” said Gary Davenport, city roads foreman for public works.

Access for local residents will be permitted, but there will be no through traffic on Milton Street during construction.