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DTE Energy rail project to eliminate dangerous crossing, ease train traffic

TRENTON, Mich. -- A project to extend a rail line in the DTE Energy rail yard at West Jefferson and Van Horn will improve safety and traffic flow for Trenton motorists.

The rail yard holds trains delivering coal to DTE Energy’s Trenton Channel Power Plant. The project is expected to begin in mid-July.

The extension of the track will allow longer trains to be held in the yard, eliminating about 12 train shipments over the course of the year. This will reduce the number of times drivers will have to wait at railroad crossings as fewer trains will move through the city.

“We are happy to be able to undertake this project that should improve traffic safety and traffic flow in the city of Trenton,” said Brian Kincaid, Trenton Channel Power Plant director, DTE Energy. “We appreciate the assistance and cooperation of MDOT and city officials in helping plan this project.”

The project also will eliminate a dangerous crossing on Toledo Avenue over CSX railroad tracks at Hoover Street. This crossing was recommended for removal by the Michigan Department of Transportation in 2003 as part of a long-term plan to improve rail crossings in Trenton.

In addition, the project will eliminate the need for trains to park on the tracks at the Lathrop Street crossing.

The project will permanently close Toledo Avenue between Hoover Road and the entrance to Lions Park. Toledo Avenue east of Hoover Road will not be affected. Access to Lions Park will continue to be available from the west along Toledo Avenue.

Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, July 13, with a substantial part of the project estimated to be completed by the end of year.

For further information, members of the media may contact:

Scott Simons, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555