BLOOMSBURG – A portion of Market and East streets will be closed to traffic for railroad crossing work in August.

The existing grade crossings are deteriorated, and the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) and its private operator, North Shore Railroad, will replace them with new concrete grade crossings.

Market Street between Sixth and Seventh streets will close the morning of Aug. 8 and will reopen Aug. 12.

East Street/State Route 487 adjacent to State Route 11 will close the morning of Aug. 22 and will reopen Aug. 26.

Marked detours will be in place. Motorists are urged to slow down, be alert, and expect delays in travel.

Jannotti Rail Consulting Inc. of Russell is the track engineer and Chesapeake Thermite Welding of Virginia is the contractor. The SEDA-COG JRA owns the track and North Shore Railroad is the operator.

The SEDA-COG JRA was formed in 1983 by the forward-looking efforts of its eight member counties to save rail lines and service abandoned by Conrail. The JRA’s public-private partnership was recognized by the World Bank as a model for public-private partnerships to stimulate rural economic development. Since 2004, the JRA has invested or leveraged over $46 million in rail capital projects with over 40 public and private partners. For more information, visit