Columbia River Park and Columbia Crossing were shut down today - and here's why:
Rholan Paving paved the lower section of Walnut Street, from the railroad tracks to the cul-de-sac, while Norfolk Southern and PennDOT worked on synchronizing traffic lights and barricades. Barricades have occasionally malfunctioned, lowering and lifting randomly. When they descend, traffic lights turn red in all four directions and stay that way, until the barricades lift and stabilize. Traffic lights also turn red in all directions when a train passes and the barricades operate properly. The situation has often caused confusion and chaos with impatient motorists who ignore the lights and drive through. Two sets of lights for traffic exiting the park reportedly change to red too quickly.
Today's attempts at improvement are shown in the photos below: