Creating A Safer Route for Residents While Keeping Railroad Traffic Flowing

Challenge

A dramatic rise in railroad traffic through Auburndale, Wisconsin, over the past several years raised major safety concerns for residents. A regional railroad company runs nearly 24 trains per day at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour through the heart of the small village. At the same time, trains parked on a parallel track frequently cut off access between homes and businesses and from essential services, for hours at a time.

Solution

The SEH project team, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Village worked together to improve access to the neighborhood without disrupting the train schedule. They updated existing roads, closed four track crossing intersections, and constructed a new access road. They also provided a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian underpass to eliminate non-vehicle traffic from crossing the tracks within the Village. 

Features

  • Pedestrian underpass
  • Improved sidewalk and pedestrian accommodations
  • Traffic control measures
  • Shared use path
  • High-efficiency lighting
  • Streetscape furnishings
  • Corridor analysis

Award

2018 Excellence in Highway Design Award | Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) 

Project Name
Auburndale, Wisconsin Pedestrian Underpass and Frontage Road

Location
Auburndale, Wisconsin

Client
Wisconsin Department of Transportation

An innovative pedestrian underpass connects two sides of a busy railroad crossing in Auburndale, Wisconsin. Before, trains would cut off access to homes and businesses for several hours.