Published in the May 11, 2017 edition.

The people who take care of the commuter rail tracks along the MBTA’s Haverhill Line were in Melrose last week repairing an area near the crossing on Franklin Street.

Now it’s our turn.

This weekend, crews with Keolis Commuter Services are expected to perform badly needed improvements to the railroad crossing at Albion Street and North Avenue. The road surface immediately adjacent to the tracks has deteriorated badly, and heading over the tracks in your vehicle can be a jarring experience.

A crew was out inspecting the condition of the tracks at Albion and North Avenue yesterday. Men were digging a few feet south of the intersection in the T’s right-of-way.

The agency knows the time has come to do some repairs.

As a result, the Albion Street crossing will be closed Saturday, May 13, to Sunday, May 14. It is anticipated that the crossing will be closed to thru traffic beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday and re-opening on Sunday evening.

The work will include new paving.

Please seek alternate routes of travel. Traffic details and detour signage will be in place.

This work is vital to public and rider safety and will also be an improvement to the grade crossing.

We complained about the state of the crossing, and we’ll be more than happy to live with a weekend-long inconvenience.