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  by zmuzak
 
Hello,

I starting noticing at several grade crossings on the UP Northwest line, they are putting up what look like permanent plastic cones between the tracks, on the crossing itself. I can't figure out what purpose they serve. It can't be to discourage people from leaving the crossing and going onto the tracks, because some of these crossings are adjacent to platforms.

Just curious.
  by virtualchuck
 
I have seen something similar at "Quiet Crossings" between the lanes of the road and the tracks to prevent cars from going around the gates. Could this be something similar? Maybe to discourage pedestrians or bikers from doing the same thing?

Chuck
  by jb9152
 
They are there to prevent cars from going around the gates in a "serpentine" fashion.