Crack in LRT rail from extreme cold leads to intersection closure

The Southgate LRT station shown in this 2011 file photo. Codie McLachlan / Codie McLachlan / Edmonton Sun / QMI Agency

The extreme cold is to blame for a minor crack in the LRT rail near Southgate Centre, and a nearby intersection will be closed Tuesday night to repair the issue.

Until about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Edmonton Transit Service staff will manually operate the LRT crossing gate at four intersections along 111 Street near Southgate Centre.

The LRT service will continue to operate with minimal delays, with a speed restriction for the LRT in the area.

Then, after 8 p.m. Tuesday, the intersection at 111 Street and 51 Avenue, eastbound, will be closed to traffic in order to repair the rail. Drivers should be aware of possible delays in the area and there will be minimal delays to LRT service during the repair.

The repair should be finished overnight and LRT service should return to normal during the Wednesday morning commute.

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning with the coldest wind chill values expected to be between minus 45 and minus 50.