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October, 2001
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Safety Alert for Salting of Railroad Crossings

(This article is reproduced, with permission, from Volume 16, No. 4 of Tech Tran Missouri Transportation Bulletin, a publication of the Technology Transfer Assistance Program of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Jefferson City, Missouri.)

A memorandum was received from Division of Motor Carrier and Railroad Safety on Safety Alert for Highway-Rail Crossing Warning Systems.

This advisory concerns the salting of railroad crossings with active warning devices (flashing light signals with or without gates). Application of heavy salt or brine mixture causes the active warning systems to fail. This failure results in the false activation of the warning devices.

In order to prevent this false activation, please do not apply salt or brine solutions across the tracks. Please stop short and restart the applications 20 feet to 25 feet from the tracks.

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