Detours Planned In Sandwich During Railroad Crossing Work

Heavy machinery at the Jarves Street depot in Sandwich awaits the start of the railroad crossing work at nearby Dewey Avenue.
JAMES KINSELLA/ENTERPRISE - Heavy machinery at the Jarves Street depot in Sandwich awaits the start of the railroad crossing work at nearby Dewey Avenue.

Railroad workers gathered on Thursday, April 3, off Jarves Street to plan for the replacement of railroad grade crossings this weekend at Dewey Avenue and Spring Hill Road. To accommodate the work, the two roads are scheduled to be closed from about 7 AM on Saturday, April 5, to about 5 PM on Monday, April 7.

James Conlon, project manager at Massachusetts Coastal Railroad, which is serving as general contractor on the project, said the state is funding the work.

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Massachusetts Coastal railmaster Mark Renker said the grade crossing replacements are designed to improve public safety in light of the introduction of the CapeFLYER passenger train between Boston and Hyannis.

Five more grade crossings in Sandwich and one in Bourne are slated for improvement this spring.

The CapeFLYER, which began last year, had over 16,500 customers in its first year of operation. Originally intended to run from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, it extended its season to Columbus Day.

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