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A railroad crossing is closing, which may send truck traffic down this historic street

Residents of a historical west Fort Worth neighborhood might have to deal with truck traffic this weekend because a railroad crossing in their area is closing.

The crossing at Windsor Place and Eighth Avenue will be closed from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, a neighborhood official said. Motorists will be detoured to other nearby crossings, including Park Place Avenue and West Berry Street.

The crossing is important to residents of the Berkeley Place neighborhood because it allows commercial companies in the area to access Eighth Avenue, rather than driving their rigs through the neighborhood’s narrow streets.

A truck and other vehicles are stopped for a train at the Eighth Avenue/Windsor Place crossing. Gordon Dickson

Those trucks will have to use Windsor Place to go west and access Forest Park Boulevard during the closure.

“We have large trees in our neighborhood and, when the trucks come through, they are so tall they damage the trees,” said Darien George, president of the Berkeley Place Association, which represents the neighborhood in city affairs.

The closure is taking place at one of several crossings in the area. Among them is Mistletoe Boulevard, just west of the city’s medical district.

The Fort Worth & Western Railway couldn’t be reached to comment.

The railway, the city and area neighborhood leaders have been working for several years to complete quiet zones at crossings, so that train operators don’t always have to blow their horns. That work to improve the track, crossing gates and surrounding curbs, sidewalks and streets is ongoing.

Gordon Dickson joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1997. He is passionate about hard news reporting, and his beats include transportation, growth, urban planning, aviation, real estate, jobs, business trends. He is originally from El Paso, and loves food, soccer and long drives.