The Delaware Department of Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railroad have announced that the railroad crossing on VanDyke-Greenspring Road near Clayton-Greenspring Road north of Clayton will be closed for repairs starting December 1.

Drivers who travel over the railroad crossing on VanDyke-Greenspring Road north of Smyrna and Clayton should be in for a smoother ride.

Norfolk Southern will be replacing the rubber and asphalt railroad crossing with a new concrete surface to make it smoother, said Susan Terpay, a spokesperson for the railroad company.

Terpay said this crossing will receive the same treatment as the railroad crossing on Route 300 near Wheatley’s Pond that was recently improved.

“It will be the same as that,” she said.

Part of VanDyke-Greenspring Road will be closed beginning on Monday, December 1 when the construction begins at 7 a.m., according to a DelDOT press release. The project is scheduled to be finished by Monday, December 15, depending on weather conditions. Detours will be posted.

VanDyke-Greenspring Road resident Jim Trabaudo said the current crossing is so rough that it’s dangerous, especially for drivers who aren’t expecting the crossing to be so bumpy.

“It just jars the hell out of your car,” Trabaudo said. “It’s very dangerous. It looks like the road has pulled away from the tracks. It’s all crumbled up. It’s terrible.”

Another resident, Bob Price, who lives just off of VanDyke-Greenspring Road, said he’s grateful that the railroad company is planning to fix the crossing.

“The wheels are in motion and they’re doing the right thing,” Price said. “It’s good for everyone.”