new Silver Comet Trail RxR Crossings

I’m pleased to report that the four Silver Comet Trail railroad crossing in Polk County have been rebuilt.
I did a drive-by on 3 of the the 4 crossing and they were completed. Likely that the fourth crossing is done, or soon to be done also.
The less than good news is that wood was used again, rather than a improved, more durable material. However, these will be good for a few years until a better, safer plan can be implemented.
Reminder: the Old Cedartown crossing is still very severe angle and dangerous.

Old Cedartown Rd Crossing
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Bethlehem Rd Crossing
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Trail Overhanging Obstacles

Lots of overhanging obstacles on the trail this year.

No, pine trees aren’t suppose to be growing side-ways.
Riders were having to duck under the low hanging branches.
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Had the chainsaw yesterday, so I dropped it across the trail, then cut it up and removed it.

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Tornado damage on the Silver Comet Trail

Shot a short video late this afternoon of the tornado damage on the Silver Comet Trail from last weeks storms.  I watched this same tornado go over our house on the NOAA RADAR.  Thank goodness it didn’t touch down.

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Little guy on the trail

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Little guy I had to move off the trail while cleaning on thursday

Visibility and Safety on the Silver Comet Trail.

It was a couple of months ago when I was negotiating the the road crossing at the east entrance to the treatment plant.  A commercial tank truck came out of the facility at around 20 MPH and never even slowed down to cross the the trail.  A cyclist could have been seriously injured or killed by a negligent driver in this situation.   This is a fast section of trail traveling east.  Bamboo and shrub growth completely obscured the view on the north side of the trail and shrubbery obscured much of the view to the gate at the treatment plant.

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Bamboo growth before cutting.  Also note the shrubbery on the opposite side which obscured the view of the plant entrance.

Bamboo obscurring view of the trail from the road.

Bamboo obscuring view of the trail from the road.

The Echo pole mounted hedge shear did an incredible job of cutting the bamboo.  Known for it’s toughness, the bamboo was no match for the echo shear.  There was also dense patches of the vines, privet and other shrubbery.  I used the pole shear to whittle this tangled mass down to debris.  I needed the chain saw to remove thicker growth which obscured much of the view of the gate on the south side.  I worked until I could no longer muster the strength to handle the equipment.

After much work, cutting the bamboo and tangled masses of growth…  the trail is clearly visible from the road.  It left quite a mess, but I have no means to remove the debris.  However, there is now a clear view all the way to the treatment plant fence line.  I trimmed shrubbery on the opposite side of road too, the effect was not nearly as dramatic because of the earthen berms adjacent to the trail.  Speeds from this side of the trail aren’t as high either because the grade is slightly uphill.

After much cutting and trimming.

After much cutting and trimming.

View of road from the trail.

View of road from the trail.

Treatment plant entrance, viewed from trail.

Treatment plant entrance, viewed from trail.

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