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Railroad Crossing Barricade Test Project (Denton Road/Wayne County)
Denton Road in Wayne County's Van Buren Township is the first location in the United States to be equipped with unique retractable barricades that serve as warning devices at a railroad crossing. The barricades rise from the pavement and discourage drivers from driving around lowered crossing gate arms.
The barricades are part of a federal railroad crossing safety test sponsored by MDOT, the Federal Railroad Administration, and Norfolk Southern Railway, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.
The project was activated in December 2007, and will be monitored by cameras during a 17-month test period that was slated to last until spring 2009. The project was de-activated for several months and is now back online in December 2010.
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