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Riverside Police Department
Sunday June 5th, 2016 :: 09:05 p.m. CDT


RPD-Pedestrian Crossing at Train Station Closed.

Metra Closes Temporary Pedestrian Crossing at Train Station

On Saturday morning, the Riverside Police Department was notified by Metra that it would not allow a temporary pedestrian crossing west of the Longcommon railroad crossing because Metra deemed it to be a hazard to pedestrians. This decision negates an agreement reached between the Village of Riverside and Burlington Northern Santa Fe to provide a reasonable and safe pedestrian walkway during construction on the Longcommon railroad crossing.

"I'm disappointed," said Village President Ben Sells, "that Metra decided, on a weekend before the end of school, to intervene in a pre-existing agreement to provide a safe crossing for pedestrians during this disruptive construction project. The Village will do the best it can to respond to the inconveniences caused by Metra's decision."

As a result of Metra’s decision, Riverside Police will direct all pedestrians to the Cowley Road crossing until the completion of the construction project which is scheduled for June 10th. Police officers, community service officers, and crossing guards will be assigned to the Longcommon crossing to direct pedestrians to the Cowley crossing. The crossing guards and community service officers will assist children during the normal crossing guard hours in the morning and afternoon through the close of school on Wednesday. Additionally, Riverside Police will assign police officers to the heavy traffic areas between Longcommon and Cowley to facilitate vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel stated that, “Riverside Police will have supervisory personnel on the scene Monday morning to ensure that operations run as smoothly as possible. As we anticipate some confusion because of Metra's decision, officers will be on scene in yellow traffic vests to assist any pedestrians. The normal crossing guards will also be in the center of town and on the south side of the tracks to assist children towards the Cowley Road crossing where a community service officer will be stationed.”

BNSF has also committed to hiring a private security firm which will be on scene between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Longcommon crossing to assist getting pedestrians to the Cowley Road crossing. BNSF police will also have marked units assisting Riverside Police throughout the construction project.

Riverside Police Department
31 Riverside Road
Riverside, IL 60546

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 708-447-2127

Thomas Weitzel
Chief of Police

Longcommon Rd & E Burlington St
Riverside, IL 60546

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