Railroad Crossing Update

 

February 6, 2019

Submitted photo

The Medal of Honor Presentation to the Colorado Springs PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Clinic. The medal was added to PFC Lindstrom's uniform.

Good day.  I hope all are doing well and enjoying a lovely week.  I have an update to some concerns regarding the railroad crossings on Main Street and Fontaine Boulevard, as well as some comments on a wonderful dedication I attended on Saturday.

I have received numerous calls and emails regarding the deteriorating condition of the two railroad crossings on Main Street and Fontaine Boulevard.

  These crossings are owned by the railroad company and we have been working with them to address the issue.  I am happy to report that the company, BNSF, and El Paso County will be moving forward with improvements to both crossings during the month of March. 

For some background, the uneven surfaces are a result of the railroad tracks having settled, creating rough crossings at the Main St. and Fontaine Blvd railroad crossings (just east of Highway 85/87).  BNSF plans to raise the tracks at each intersection in early March.  Following these improvements and associated repairs by BNSF, El Paso County will follow by laying asphalt and paving the approaches to the tracks, as well as replacing some curb and gutter.  The planned schedule will have repairs made to the Fontaine crossing first, then the Main St. tracks.  If weather becomes a problem, it is possible this could move BNSF to wait until May to begin the project.  I ask for your patience during the time of repairs of the crossings.  


Additionally, my highlight over the past weekend was attending the Medal of Honor Presentation to the Colorado Springs PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Clinic.  It was a great turnout by so many veterans and local leaders to see the medal added to his display uniform at the Clinic.  PFC Lindstrom lost his life on February 3, 1944 while serving during WWII. He would be awarded the MOH posthumously a few months later for his heroic actions on November 11, 1943, when he single-handedly charged and captured a German machine gun nest and then turned the gun upon his enemies, clearing the hilltop. Our local Colorado Springs VA Outpatient Clinic was dedicated to him in 2015.  

PFC Lindstrom lived in Colorado Springs, having graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 1931.  The dedication was conducted by Medal of Honor winner and President of the MOH Society, Drew Dix, and the Deputy Director of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Duane Gill (see photos).

Finally, El Paso County Parks is requesting public input as it creates a master plan for Jones Park.  The master plan will comprehensively outline existing conditions, community needs, and recommend new sustainable recreational facilities for Jones Park for the next seven to ten years.  As part of the planning process, we are asking for your input on a community survey.  The link to the survey can be found on the Community Services Department / Parks Planning webpage or by the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Jones_Park.  The survey response deadline is February 22, 2019.  Thanks, and have a wonderful week.


 

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