Rail crossings will be safer

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FREDERICTON, N.B. — An ingenious idea will help make rail crossings without electrical warning lights in New Brunswick easier to spot at night.

Reflective material will be added to the back of railway crossbucks and posts. The lights of an approaching vehicle will reflect from the back of the sign between the passing railway cars, creating a strobe effect.

“This new safety enhancement will make it easier for drivers approaching railway crossings to see a passing train when these crossings do not have automatic warning devices,” says Transportation Minister Percy Mockler to local media.

The installation, at 90 crossings in the province, will be completed by July with the department supplying the material to the railways.

New Brunswick will be the first province in Canada to put this method into effect after a successful pilot project in Saskatchewan.

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