Crossing guard arms and warning lights have been installed at the McCarver Street railroad crossing along the waterfront after years of fits and starts following the deaths of two people in separate accidents in 2015. The accidents happened because the crossing spans two sets of tracks, so pedestrians can’t easily see a train is approaching from one direction as a train passes in the other. The new pedestrian gates, which were installed Aug. 29, operate in unison with the existing vehicle gates and control the pedestrian crossing on the east side of McCarver. City Public Works crews will install additional fencing adjacent to the gates to guide pedestrians to cross the tracks only within the sidewalk.
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