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Trails crossing under active railroad lines and bridges

Crossing a railroad can be a difficult challenges for trail builders. Fears of liability plus the fact that the railroads generally own their right-of-way add to the problem. However, In practical terms, crossing under railroad tracks is similar to crossing under a highway. In fact, engineering a crossing under one or two tracks is much easier than going under a six- or eight-lane freeway. In a riverside situation, the corridor generally allows enough room for the greenway trail to go under the bridge approaches. In most cases some degree of separation— fencing or other barriers— is provided to keep trail users off the tracks. The following examples of trail underpasses come from several parts of the country:

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(Commentary and photos by Stuart Macdonald, September 2009)

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