Railroad tie-up: City crews smooth out Main Street pavement

Staff photo by Mathew Plamondon Traffic begins to back up just before noon on Tuesday, as crew members with the Nashua Division of Public Works repair damaged pavement around the train tracks that cross Main Street.

NASHUA – It is rare that motorists have to stop at the railroad tracks crossing Main Street at the north end of downtown because, on average, only one freight train per week uses the lines.

And it usually runs in the middle of the night.

However, Nashua Division of Public Works crew members tied up traffic here for much of the day on Tuesday in an effort to fill potholes and smooth the pavement.

“They’re trying to fix some of the pavement right around the tracks,” Division of Public Works spokeswoman Lauren Byers said.

Byers said there have been many complaints about the railroad crossing, mainly due to the bumpy effect motorists sometimes experience. In fact, some maintain they get bounced around and rocked at the crossing.

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart Crews from the Nashua Division of Public Works redirect traffic on Main Street Tuesday morning while making repairs to the railroad tracks at the foot of Library Hill. Cars slowly pass crew members as they work to fill in potholes and smooth out the pavement.

“It had gotten really broken up,” Byers added. “We noticed there were some potholes and work that needed to be done.”

She said filling in the potholes will make travel easier, safer and smoother for everyone.

“We’re hoping to alleviate all those issues with that work,” Byers said.

A representative from Pan Am Railways Inc., which owns the lines, observed the Tuesday work.

“We’re happy to be able to finally get this done for everybody,” Byers added.

In October, New Hampshire Department of Transportation Railroad Inspector John Robinson said freight trains from all over the country use these rail lines to ship a variety of supplies.

“I would say at a minimum, once a week would be a safe assumption,” Robinson said of how often the existing lines are used.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206, or at aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.