Warren County

New, safer railroad crossing opens near AFG plant in Warren County

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 2/28/24

Construction work on the new Norfolk Southern railroad crossing near the American Foods Group plant in Foristell MO is open.

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New, safer railroad crossing opens near AFG plant in Warren County


A new railroad crossing is open near the American Foods Group plant in Warren County.

Heartland Drive officially opened to traffic Feb. 15. It is accessible via Veterans Memorial Parkway and replaces the crossing at Archer Road.

The new crossing includes stop arms and warning lights, something neither the Archer Road crossing nor the private crossing to the east had.

Three serious accidents had occurred at those two crossings since December 2022, including one fatal.

The first accident occurred at 10 a.m. Dec. 31, 2022, when a train struck a dump truck trying to cross the tracks. There were no serious injuries, but the crash did cause the truck to roll onto its side.

The second was a fatal accident that occurred just before noon April 23 when a train struck a pickup truck, killing its 80-year-old driver.

A third accident occurred June 30 at the tracks immediately to the east of the Archer Road crossing, seriously injuring the driver of a tractor-trailer.

Since the accidents, the private crossing east of Archer Road had used flaggers to help prevent further accidents.

Now that the new Heartland Drive work is complete, the next step of the project is to remove the Archer Road crossing.

Concrete barricades currently block drivers from using that crossing, and will be permanently removed later this month.

MoDOT approved a $1.1 million contract in September for the work, which also included the widening and addition of a turn lane to Veterans Memorial Parkway.

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at jason@warrencountyrecord.com

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