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Michigan readies new rail-crossing guards
 
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Michigan readies new rail-crossing guards
VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. - With its rain, snow, extreme heat and cold, Michigan is the ideal training ground for a new railroad barricade system designed to make crossings safer, transportation officials told the Detroit News.
 
After a few weeks of delays, a set of three-foot-high reflective deterrents at Van Buren Township's Denton Road railroad crossing should be popping out of the pavement by next week, Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Foran said.
 
With revamped heaters and brushes to weed out road debris, kinks in the nation's first such safety system are expected to be resolved within days.
 
"The roadside can be a very harsh environment, and since this is new technology it's taking some fine tuning to get it right," Foran said. "Where else can you get heat, rain and snow all in the same week? They'll be getting a workout in Michigan."
 
The retractable posts, designed by Dublin, Ohio-based Intelligent Perimeter Systems, are housed in self-contained cartridges underground and will electrically deploy at the crossing as a train approaches.
 
The equipment is designed to discourage vehicles from driving around crossing gates - an act that resulted in 72 crashes in 2006 in Michigan, 11 of them fatal.
 
In the first 10 months of 2007, 289 people were killed nationally in crashes at crossings, including three in Michigan, according to federal statistics.
 
"The primary reason to have barricades is for those having fleeting, foolish thoughts in their heads. We want to discourage that line of thinking," Foran added.
 
The double crossing, on Denton between Ecorse and Michigan, was selected by MDOT for the pilot because of low traffic volume - about 1,000 vehicles a day - and a low accident rate, Foran said.
 
"We don't want to put it at a highly active crossing where there are problems," Foran said. "The intent of the equipment is to get people's reaction."
 
The $257,000 test project, funded by MDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration, will run for 17 months through spring of 2009.
 
(This item appeared Jan. 4, 2008, in the Detroit News.)
January 4, 2008


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« Reply #1 on: Mar 26th, 2008, 7:25pm »
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Does anyone know how this system will prevent people from getting caught in between the barricades?

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This seems very interesting. I would like to see a picture of this when it is built.
 
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on Mar 27th, 2008, 3:11pm, Anthony_SRR wrote:       (Click here for original message)
This seems very interesting. I would like to see a picture of this when it is built.
 
Anthony

I think there's an MDOT video of it on YouTube somewhere.  
 
PS the Brits keep bashing it, maybe we could get Gadfly to tell them off  .


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Re: Michigan readies new rail-crossing guards
 
« Reply #4 on: Oct 24th, 2012, 5:28pm »
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Why not four-arm gates? if some fool insists on entering the crossing when he can't exit and gets caught by the gates coming down and then gets hit - think of it as evolution in action and continue the march. Bill the driver's insurance for clean-up and care for the traumatized train driver. And any costs delay imposes on passengers.

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« Reply #5 on: Dec 19th, 2017, 11:47am »
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RR crossing gates are designed to break away so that a "trapped" vehicle can easily escape.  They break remarkably easily. DAMHIKT.
 
This little-known fact should be included in the Automobile Driver's Manual in every State!    
 
I would very much like to hear how this 2009 Michigan experiment turned out.
 
Were these "deterrent" posts designed to break away, or are they designed to be an actual barrier which would stop a vehicle?


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