OGDEN -- Motorists looking to use 12th Street this weekend to get in and out of Ogden will want to consider a different route as high temperatures have damaged a set of rail-crossing components on the road.
Since 8 p.m. Friday, 12th Street has been closed at the Union Pacific and Utah Transit Authority FrontRunner railroad crossing at approximately 500 West, to completely remove and rebuild the rail crossing there.
The closure could last until 5 a.m. Monday.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders said the closure is necessary because of the failure of rail-crossing components caused by the recent extreme heat.
"The heat has caused some of the tracks to go out of gauge," Saunders said. "Theoretically, this could cause a train to derail, so right now, it's a safety issue."
During the closure, the crossing will be removed and new crossing panels will be installed.
Saunders said motorists should use alternate east/west routes to 12th Street, which will remain open on both sides of the crossing.
Alternate routes include 2700 North, 21st Street, 24th Street, 31st Street and Riverdale Road.
Motorists with time-sensitive travel should use one of the alternates and add additional time to their travel plans to avoid delays, Saunders said.
"We understand it's going to be a hassle for some motorists and some of the businesses along 12th Street, but safety is the main concern right now," he said.
"Union Pacific hopes to get in there and fix it as soon as possible so we can open the road and resume normal traffic."