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Union Pacific Railroad Crossing Closure Schedule

UPRR to upgrade roadway crossings at S. 212th, Meeker & Smith Streets

Post Date:02/12/2018 4:47 p.m.

Railroad CrossingStarting Saturday, February 17, Union Pacific Railroad crews will be reconstructing the roadway crossings on the railroad at S. 212th, Meeker and Smith Streets over the next several weeks. Each crossing upgrade will require a full road closure for two days, so crews can remove the existing crossing surface and install a new crossing surface. 

Road closures are scheduled as follows: 

S. 212thStreet

Saturday, February 17,
5 a.m.

Monday, February 19, 5 a.m.

Meeker Street

Tuesday, February 20,
5 a.m.

Thursday, February 22,
5 a.m.

Smith Street

Saturday, March 3, 5 a.m.

Monday, March 5, 5 a.m.


Roadway crossings of railroad tracks have an eight- to 10-year life span. Due to the design of the crossing surface, the railroad removes and reconstructs the entire crossing as a single unit. 

City staff worked with Union Pacific to schedule the work on S. 212th and Smith Streets over weekends when traffic volumes on these arterial streets are lower than weekdays. This also reduces the impacts to commuters and freight that depend on these two streets to cross the Kent Valley. Union Pacific Railroad will have signed detour routes in place. 

Please contact Union Pacific Railroad at 1-800-848-8715 with questions or concerns. Visit to sign up for traffic alerts.

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