Santa Rosa drivers have noticed that the railroad crossing at Piner Road isn’t very level. One reader wrote:

“While the original crossing was very rough, at least it was on the same level as the rest of the roadway. The new crossing is smooth but significantly raised; it’s now so high that signage had to be put up warning drivers to slow from 40 to 25 to get over the crossing.”

A Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit contractor recently rebuilt the crossing to prepare the tracks for commuter rail service. SMART now says that the contractor is going back to level the crossing.

Starting Friday, contractor Stacy and Witbeck/Herzog will be rebuilding the approaches to the grade crossing to make it a smoother ride for autos and bikes, SMART says. The dates of the work are as follows:

Friday, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

There will be a break in construction activities over the weekend. The grade crossing may be rough during the break in construction, SMART says, adding that motorists should observe the posted 35 mph signs.