SANTA FE – About $1 million will be spent to upgrade pedestrian and bicycle safety at railroad crossings in Santa Fe based on a study spurred by the deaths of two bicyclists who rode in front of the Rail Runner commuter train in separate incidents earlier this year.
All roadway, trail and pedestrian crossings of the railroad tracks between Rodeo Road and Manhattan Street are included in the project.
Some crossings – including at Rodeo Road, Zia Road, St. Michael’s Drive and Paseo de Peralta – will get new sets of gates as well as warning lights where sidewalks or walking/biking trails intersect with the tracks.
There will also be “additional signage and striping improvements at all grade crossings to provide additional notice to bicyclists and pedestrians,” according to information provided by the state Department of Transportation. On St. Mike’s, what the DOT calls a “median refuge” – the median with curb cuts in the middle of six lanes of traffic for those using the Rail Trail to get across the busy thoroughfare near the tracks – will be relocated, “so both sides of the refuge are located outside the gates,” says a statement provided by the DOT.