The Lafayette Street railroad crossing in Downtown Washington will remain open this weekend despite work by Union Pacific on the tracks nearby.

However, depending on how far workers get, the crossing at Simmonds Avenue at the east end of the Rotary Riverfront Trail will be closed for part of the holiday weekend, Parks Director Darren Dunkle said.

Dunkle informed The Missourian Thursday of the work scheduled for this weekend.

“The riverfront park will be open this weekend, however, due to work, there could be some dust and minor inconveniences,” the parks director said.

Memorial Day weekend is a popular time for boaters and park users and a Memorial Day ceremony is set to take place at the riverfront park, Dunkle noted, so Union Pacific agreed to keep the crossing open.

Union Pacific workers were scheduled to begin Friday or Saturday replacing and repairing the tracks in Washington from the west industrial park to the Amtrak station.

Then, UP workers will skip the section between the Amtrak station and old water works building and begin making repairs east of the old water works building. That work will extend east toward the new wastewater treatment plant.