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Colo. 66 closes again for several hours east of Longmont’s Main Street

Crews work on railroad crossing

Railroad workers work on the tracks at Colo. 66 in Longmont on Wednesday. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
Railroad workers work on the tracks at Colo. 66 in Longmont on Wednesday. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Longmont motorists on Wednesday afternoon again had to avoid a stretch of Colo. 66 east of Main Street as BNSF Railway crews resumed emergency repairs to a railroad crossing.

Jeff Satur, deputy Public Safety Department chief for police services, said in a 2:29 p.m. email advisory that the highway was expected to be closed for up to three hours but that the closing could last until as late as 10 p.m. Just after 7 p.m., Satur announced that the repairs had been completed and the highway had been reopened.

This is at least the third closing this month of Colo. 66 between Erfert and Pace streets where it approaches a BNSF Railway crossing, in order for BNSF crews to make emergency repairs at that crossing.

Satur said in a later Wednesday afternoon email that “the panel BNSF replaced keeps coming loose and is getting damage by cars and trucks.”

He said that while “this is a BNSF repair issue,” Longmont’s Department of Public Works and Natural Resources is helping with Wednesday’s emergency repair “in hopes that it will be more permanent.”

The crossing is about 1,280 feet east of Erfert Street, east of the Colo. 66 entrance to the Walmart Supercenter in north Longmont.

Ben Wilemon, a spokesman for the railroad, said BNSF has plans to make permanent repairs at the end of the month.

“We are currently scheduling the necessary equipment and personnel to perform the maintenance. In the interim, we are performing temporary repairs and regular inspections to ensure the crossing is safe for motorists.”

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