By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Beginning the week of October 27, Main Street in Colfax will be detoured for two weeks while Canadian National Railroad fixes the railroad crossing.
Rand Bates, director of public works, said the Main Street detour to get around the railroad crossing while crews are working on it will be the same detour that was used for the Colfax Sesquicentennial Celebration in July.
Main Street will be detoured to the east at Fifth Avenue to Dunn Street and then north to Railroad Avenue, he said.
At Railroad Avenue, vehicles can either turn east and continue out to county Highway M to state Highway 40 or can turn west to get back to Main Street.
Main Street will be blocked off by the Outhouse Tavern, although people will still be able to get to Third Avenue, Bates said.
Scott Gunnufson, village president, indicated that the Main Street detour would be in place for two weeks, although Bates said he was not sure that fixing the crossing would take the entire two weeks.
Last winter’s subzero temperatures, along with quite a lot of snow and ice, seemed to make the railroad crossing worse than it was, creating an even rougher ride over the tracks.