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The rail crossing being replaced on Chesley Drive in Saint John. Image: ©2024 Google

Rail crossing replacement causes traffic headaches

By Brad Perry May 27, 2024 | 3:11 PM

There were a lot of traffic headaches for those travelling from west to east in Saint John on Monday morning.

Work was ongoing to replace a private rail crossing located along Chesley Drive heading into Ocean Steel.

However, the work was not completed on time, according to the city’s mayor, which led to lots of traffic issues.

“New Brunswick Southern Railway was working on a project to re-establish their rail crossing on Chesley Drive at Ocean Steel under the condition the road would be re-opened by 7AM this morning,” Mayor Donna Reardon said in a statement on social media.

Combined with the ongoing Harbour Bridge construction, traffic was backed up all over the west side, including along Route 1, Bridge Road, Main Street West, and Manawagonish Road.

Reardon said she understands that many people are rightfully upset over the “significant traffic delays” on the west side.

“It is evident the conditions of the project were not met and we recognize the impact that had on many of you,” she said.

“NBSR was responsible for project planning and execution, including communication to the community and stakeholders such as the city.”

Reardon went on to say that the city had reached out to the company to learn more about the project delays.

A spokesperson for New Brunswick Southern Railway said they were contracted by Ocean Steel to replace the private rail crossing.

Anne McInerney said in an email that their portion of the work was completed Sunday night, as they had committed to do, and directed all other questions to Ocean Steel.

In a statement, Ocean Steel said crews worked diligently over the weekend to ensure all the work was completed by 7 a.m. Monday.

“Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this goal was not met, and the road was closed until approximately 11:00 a.m. today,” said the statement.

“We understand this caused significant disruption, and we sincerely apologize to the travelling public and members of our community for causing this inconvenience.”