Railroad crossing work delayed until February

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Work on railroad crossings along the Norfolk Southern railway line that was originally set to begin Monday has been delayed until February.

When the work actually begins, each crossing along the east-west Norfolk Southern line, from Wagers Mill Road in western Coweta all the way to Senoia, will be upgraded. The closings will be relatively brief, and each crossing will be closed twice — once for prep work and once for final paving.

Preparation for the upgrades can already be seen along the line, where fresh crossties are stacked and fresh gravel is piled.

The closings will occur after school starts for the day, and the crossings should be open before school gets out in the afternoons, to avoid school bus detours, according to Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts.

Work will begin on the Wagers Mill Road end of the county.

Work will be done on several crossings each day, but only one crossing will be closed at a time, said Tod Handley, Coweta’s director of transportation and engineering. That’s according to representatives from Norfolk Southern. Handley said that, from what he understands, the prep work will be done one day, and the final paving soon after. All scheduling is, of course, dependent on weather.

The first batch of crossings to be worked on will be Wagers Mill Road, Sargent Main Street, Welcome to Sargent Road and Henry Bryant Road, according to the tentative schedule.

Next up will be Bibb Drive, Glover Road, Mayo Royal Industrial Drive, and the Hwy. 34 Bypass.

After that will be Mulberry Street, two private crossings, and streets in Newnan, including Franklin Highway, Bonnell Street, VC Street and Ellis Street.

The remaining crossings to be worked on include: West Washington Street, Spring Street, Second Avenue, First Avenue, Thompson Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Dodson Street, East Newnan Road, Murphy Street, Turkey Creek Road, Yeager Road, Shedden Avenue in Raymond, Joe Cox Road, Poplar Road, Marion Beavers Road, J.W. Byron Road, Sharpsburg Main Street, Sharpsburg Church Street, North Hunter Street, Turin Road, and in the Senoia area Elder’s Mill Road/Standing Rock Road, Brown’s Crossing, a private crossing, Brown Road, Bob Walter Freeman Road, Andrews Parkway, Seavy Street, Pylant Street, and Senoia Broad Street.

Updates on scheduling will released when available.



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