New warning signs going up at Gulfport crossings

New warning signs going up at Gulfport crossings

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - New warning signs about steep railroad crossings are going up in Gulfport. This week, public works crews installed yellow caution signs warning of "Low ground clearance" at crossings on Kelly Ave., Hewes Ave., Anniston Ave., Walston Ave., and Texas Ave.; and more could be on the way.

The move comes a little over a week after the deadly accident at the Main St. crossing in Biloxi where four people died when a CSX train hit a tour bus stuck on the tracks. Gulfport Public Works Director Kris Riemann said it's a precautionary move.

"What we have done is go out and identified four or five that had a lot of scratches where a trailer or truck might be hitting it," said Gulfport Public Works Director Kris Riemann. "We're going to go back and survey those and determine if we need to raise the asphalt on those to keep a trailer or truck from dragging."

Riemann said all of Gulfport's 24 railroad crossings have warning lights, signals, and crossing arms. Public works leaders will soon meet with experts from the rail division the Mississippi Department of Transportation to review crossing safety. Riemann said MDOT sent an email to the city this week to arrange the meeting.

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