RR Crossing on U.S. 129 in Live Oak finished ahead of schedule

Workers finishing up the RR crossing on U.S. 129 near Highway 90 in Live Oak. -Photo: FDOT

By Tami Stevenson

Live Oak residents were happy to see U.S. 129 open up once again to through traffic at the railroad crossing near Duval and Highway 90, last week, as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) finished their work a day early on the crossing. U.S. 129 had been closed since September 8 and opened up last Monday evening on September 21.

According to a release from the FDOT, the rail crossing surface replacement project, included the installation of a Dynamic Envelope as part of a nationwide effort to create rail crossing safety initiatives, Operation STRIDE (Statewide Traffic and Railroad Initiative using Dynamic Envelopes).

A Dynamic Envelope is an area near railroad crossings designed to keep motorists out of the danger zone. White connecting X’s are used to visually highlight the zone at railroad crossings that drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians should not stop to increase safety for motorists.

  Operation STRIDE was established by FDOT in December 2019 and includes engineering countermeasures, education, and enforcement efforts to provide a comprehensive strategy to prevent fatalities.

Workers putting final touches to renovations at RR crossing on U.S. 129 near Highway 90 in Live Oak.
-Photo: FDOT