Rail repairs at Wyoming crossing closing Oil Heritage now set for July 18

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Drivers are facing some long detours starting July 18 because of repairs to a rail line cutting through the middle of Wyoming.

At least that’s the plan at this point.

Signs went up in late June that CN Rail would be repairing the crossing on Broadway Street in Wyoming, part of Oil Heritage Line. The work was scheduled for July 4 to 9. It was delayed, rescheduled for July 11, delayed again and now is slated for July 18.

Adam Sobanski, director of public works in Plympton-Wyoming, says CN will be removing an unused siding and upgrading the crossing. Similar work was done less than five years ago, but Sobanski says the volume of rail traffic and its shear weight causes the earth beneath the crossing to erode and degrades the crossing quicker than a road.

The route a major north/south road used by people heading to Lake Huron. It is also the only crossing of the rail line in the village so people on the south side of Wyoming will need to take a significant detour around the town to go to the local grocery store or get their mail.

Construction is scheduled for five days.