SunRail construction shuts down busy Orange County road

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Drivers will notice progress being made in the preparations for SunRail.

Crews working their way south through Orange County have shut down Lancaster Road, a major cut-through that 14,000 drivers use to get to Orange Avenue every day.

Construction workers will be the only ones allowed over the train crossing for the next three days in Pine Castle.

"I don't know what the hell is going here," said driver Kash Mirchandani, one several drivers WFTV's Racquel Asa saw making U-turns when they came across the road closure.

"I've got to take the detour, go that way then come back this way, so 7 miles for something that should be less than a mile," said Mirchandani.

Crews will be working in the area until Thursday. They will be repairing the sidewalks and curbs and adding a second set of train tracks.

"I'm not happy with it, but what can I do? Nothing really," said Mirchandani.
   
According to officials, this week's closure is just the beginning. Crews will come back to Pine Castle in March to make railroad crossings safer.

The improvements will include adding crossing gates to Glenrose Road and Orange Avenue, which has been the scene of deadly four deadly crashes.

The most recent was in November of last year when a dump truck was hit by an Amtrak train.
   
Drivers understand the need for the improvements, but some said they wish they knew about them before work started.

"I guess I'll work my way around it," said driver Nilda Concepcion.

 You can see a detour around the Lancaster closure by clicking here.

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