Clark Rd. Closure for Crossing Maintenance

Norfolk Southern Corporation S W Deatherage Track Supervisor 6582 US Hwy 12 Portage, IN 46383 September 19, 2012

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS [fax 882-7371]
& City Engineer Office (fax 880-2059)

This is in reference to the Norfolk Southern RR (formerly Conrail) grade crossing on Clark Road near the US Steel plant and located about 1 mile north of the Clark Rd intersection with Airport Road (formerly Industrial highway). The NS proposes to make repairs to the track through this crossing and replace the crossing surface with permanent hot-mix asphalt.

The NS hereby requests permission to make a full road closure of Clark Line Road (at the grade crossing only) beginning at 8AM Monday, September 24, 2012 through Thursday September 27, 2012. The NS will provide for barricade of this crossing in accordance with State of Indiana Traffic Control requirements (type III barricades) along with detour and advance warning closure signs. The NS proposes to have the crossing resurface with an outside paving contractor using hot-mix asphalt.

This crossing handles strictly industrial traffic with no residential traffic or public or school transportation involved. All major industries in the area (listed below) have been contacted and have made arrangements to alter their operations to accommodate this proposed closure. In addition, this is to advise that advance information signs have been placed at this crossing indicating the crossing will be closed September 24, 2012 for 4 days. Also, the following industries north of this crossing have been contacted directly by phone informing them of this planned closure and have indicated they do concur with this proposal.

US Steel Corp (Patrol Commander J Blumer)
Olympic Steel (Plant Administrator Andee)
NARCO (North American Refractories Company- Mr E Riccio)
Carmeuse Natural Chemical Lime (Mr Eric Abels)
Majestic Star Casino (Mr. J Lefresne)
Praxair Gary Lakeside Facility (Facility Manager- Mr J. Lucas)

Please arrange to notify any government Agencies (Police, Fire, Ambulance) or community service companies such as Public bus transports, schools and school bus companies of this planned grade crossing closure that the City of Gary deems necessary.

My office phone is (219) 787-7759. I can be reached on my mobile phone (219)808-5909 and my Fax # is (219)787-7758

Steve Deatherage
NS Track Supervisor


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