Expect road closings, detours due to railroad crossing work

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This railroad crossing upgrade on East Broad Street in downtown Newnan is one of many that motorists will have to contend with in the next few weeks.

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
sarah@newnan.com
Crews from CSX railroad will be doing upgrade work on railroad crossings over the next few weeks, including work at Hwy. 154 and U.S. 29 in north Coweta that will close the crossing for up to a week.
Upgrade work closed East Broad Street at the railroad on both Monday and Tuesday.
The closing of the north Coweta crossing at Highway 154 and U.S. 29 is tentatively scheduled to start Monday. Hopes are that the crossing will be open by the following Friday evening, said Ray Porter with Benchmark Consulting, which is working with CSX.
The crossing work may not take quite that long, Porter said. “We’re hoping we actually have it open before that,” he said.
The crossing work is of a type that the crossing must remain closed until the work is finished — it can’t be opened when the crews leave for the day, according to Patricia Palmer, Coweta’s public affairs director.
CSX and Benchmark have been working with the Georgia Department of Transportation on a detour for the Hwy. 154 crossing upgrade. Message signs notifying motorists of the impending closing went up Monday, Porter said.
The work includes replacement of the crossties underneath the rails and pavement, and then repaving, according to Porter.
Most crossings take between two and three days to complete, but there can be a lot of variables. “It depends on what they find when they open up the crossing,” Porter said.
Other crossings scheduled for tie replacement are Johnston Circle, Bagley Road (both crossings), Groover (Posey) Road, Walt Sanders Road, and Wash Johnson Road.
The tie replacement projects are separate from other crossing upgrades, such as the one currently taking place at East Broad Street.

Those projects are being done by the resurfacing crew, Porter said.

The tie replacement crew is currently doing work in Fulton County and will continue moving south, working on the crossings as they come to them. The tie replacement crew “could be anywhere from 50 to 60 machines, and about 80 to 100 men and women working on the track,” Porter said. “They can cover up to two-plus miles per day.”

The crossing work is not heavily weather dependent. CSX personnel “work pretty much in any weather other than lightning,” Porter said. But rain may slow the repaving that is done once the tie replacement and other crossing work is finished.



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