UPDATE: Kent police have posted that the road has reopened and the railroad crossing gates are functioning again


Kent city police are warning motorists who plan to travel on Fairchild Avenue in Kent tonight that as of 8:30 p.m. the road was closed at the bridge just east of North Mantua Street.

A dispatcher for the police department said the gates at the Akron Barberton Cluster Railroad tracks malfunctioned and are blocking the road.

The dispatcher said officers were at the scene, and a railroad official was summoned so the problem can be fixed. She did not know how long the road would be closed.

We will update the information as it becomes available.