Reedsport Railroad Crossing Study

The City of Reedsport and the Oregon Department of Transportation are studying railroad crossing solutions and strategies to prepare for a potential increase in freight trains traveling through the downtown area.

Project Description and Purpose

With a new container terminal facility proposed at the Port of Coos Bay, more trains are expected to travel through Reedsport. Once complete, the study will identify railroad crossing improvements to support the following goals:

  • Provide safe and efficient traffic flow for motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and emergency services throughout Reedsport.
  • Maintain the City’s crucial stormwater system with necessary improvements at railroad crossings.
  • Enhance downtown livability with improvements that enable a “No Horn Ordinance.”
  • Support economic development and sustainable growth in Reedsport and the region.

Upcoming Events: 

The City Planning Commission and City Council will be holding public hearings to consider adopting the Reedsport Rail Crossing Study by reference into the City’s Transportation System Plan.   A copy of the study can be reviewed here:

Reedsport Rail Crossing Study 

Planning Commission Hearing – February 27th at 5 p.m. at City Hall

City Council Hearing – April 1st at 7 p.m. at City Hall

Project Timeline

  • Project Launch (November 2022)
  • Goals and Objectives (December 2022 – May 2023)
  • Existing Conditions (December 2023 – May 2023)
  • Improvement Options (May 2023 – August 2023)
  • Preferred Improvements (August 2023 – November 2023)
  • Draft Railroad Crossing Plan (November 2023 – January 2024)
  • Adoption Process (January 2024 – February 2024)
  • Final Railroad Crossing Plan (April 2024)
  • Public Engagement (ongoing)
    • Public Advisory Committee Meetings: May 2023, August 2023, October 2023, January 2024
    • Online Open House: May 2023, January 2024

Get Involved

Your input is important and will help inform the study. Sign up to receive updates and project open house notifications. You can also share your feedback at any time using the comment form below.

Public Advisory Committee

A Public Advisory Committee representing a broad set of community perspectives and interested government agencies will review materials and provide input throughout the study. The Public Advisory Committee will meet approximately four times at key milestones.         

Online Open Houses

The project will host two online open houses to hear from the broader community as the study is developed.

  • Open House #1: May 18, 2023
  • Open House #2: February 1, 2024

Documents & Resources

Meeting materials, documents and helpful links will be posted below as the study progresses. 

Online Comment Form

Share your ideas and priorities for railroad crossings in downtown Reedsport by submitting a comment online. (email address required for submission).